30th Sunday Ordinary Time

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Gospel Reflection for 30th Sunday in ordinary time Year B – October 28th 2012

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.

The blind man in our story made the jump of faith. He left a place he knew well and went to Jesus, a person whom he had only heard of. He left his cloak which may have been all he had, hoping that he could recover sight and find both his familiar space and cloak again. His faith was rewarded with new sight.

Faith is hardly faith if it does not imply some sort of a risk. In marriage people put their faith in each other – that their love will last, and that it will remain life-giving and joyful. There is faith also that love can grow and remain strong in difficult times. Even though like the blind man people do their best to calculate their risks and follow the call of faith only if it is sensible, there is still the element of risk.  The same can happen in changing jobs, selecting careers, religious commitment, and many other big decisions involving faith in God and in others we make in life.

Gift and Call
Faith is both gift and a call. Given at baptism when we are young, it can grow during life if it is well tended. It is a call also to become more adult in faith over the years.  Christian faith is also a call to action with Jesus, as the blind man immediately followed him. Faith in Jesus Christ is a call to be men and women for others in the ordinary events and challenged of life.

Faith is also connected with others. They encouraged the blind man to go to Jesus; we need the encouragement of others for faith to grow and to be active. Faith is Jesus involved a community; it is never a private matter but one which is seen in public and which involves the social and personal sides of our lives.

Lord, I believe; strengthen my belief.

Donal Neary SJ