Readings: Ocotber 28, 2012 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Jeremiah 31:7-9

    Oh yes, God says so:

“Shout for joy at the top of your lungs for Jacob! Announce the good news to the number-one nation!

Raise cheers! Sing praises. Say, ‘God has saved his people, saved the core of Israel.’

    “Watch what comes next:

“I’ll bring my people back from the north country and gather them up from the ends of the earth, gather those who’ve gone blind And those who are lame and limping, gather pregnant women,

Even the mothers whose birth pangs have started, bring them all back, a huge crowd!

    “Watch them come! They’ll come weeping for joy as I take their hands and lead them,

Lead them to fresh flowing brooks, lead them along smooth, uncluttered paths.

Yes, it’s because I’m Israel’s Father and Ephraim’s my firstborn son!

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


  • Hebrews 5:1-6

   Brothers and sisters,

   Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience.

But that also means that he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the peoples’.

   No one elects himself to this honored position. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a

priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.”                © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


  • Mark 10:46-52

    As Jesus was leaving Jerico, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”

   Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.”

They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.

   Jesus said, “What can I do for you?”

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

   “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.”

In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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