Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; (Sirach 35:12-17 or Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Psalm 84:1-7;) 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14
Jeremiah 31:7-9 (Psalm 126); Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52 | Semi-continuous first reading: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 (Psalm 34:1-8, [19-22])
Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; (Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1;) 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
We see in Bartimaeus's story the same basic elements that are present in the calling of Jesus’ first disciples.
How, in real life, do we love God and neighbor?
This portion of the narrative is a continuation and expansion of what has just preceded. The other ten disciples are jealous, are angry with James and John because they have pushed Jesus—successfully—to give them a preeminent share in his destiny. Jesus has not criticized or dismissed their insistent demand but has lovingly transformed it from a desire for glory into a willingness to suffer. Still, why should some of the disciples be granted privileges over the rest?
Does Paul say "we were gentle among you"? Or "we were infants"?
The first time I heard the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector was as a small child attending vacation Bible school at Pond Fork Baptist Church. I remember the end of the little curtained balcony where our class was held, sunlight coming into our room rejoicing through a dusty window, the buzzing of insects in the July fields outside, a flannel board with figures stuck on it, and best of all, the anticipation of a story, followed by Kool-Aid and cookies.
We disciples of Jesus have vision problems. We sometimes describe our blindness as an inability to see the forest for the trees, but that’s a benign analysis. More worrisome is the inherited blindness of each generation, which so often assumes it is the best generation of all, with no lessons left to learn, only an inheritance to enjoy. We still need the miracle of restored sight.
Jesus' simple summary of the law is actually complex.