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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Thoughts on Thursday's Gospel

MK 10:46-52

Today's Gospel is an object lesson in demonstrating the danger that the followers of Christ may indeed keep others from him by their actions. Bartimaeus cried for the Lord, despite the condemnations of many who didn't want him bothering the Lord - as if Jesus could ever be bothered by our cries for help.

These words of the Gospel indeed show us that persistence in prayer and, sometimes, shouting a little louder are signs of our faithfulness - that we truly believe that Jesus has the power to heal us.

May the Church not hinder the prayers of the broken by its actions or its condemnations, rather may she always join her prayers with the poor in a common hope for the saving power of God.


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