Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Year B  28 October 2018

What do you want me to do for you?

Jericho! Only 15 or so miles from Jerusalem, all uphill, with an occasional obstacle like robbers. It features several times in the Gospel; we locate the Good Samaritan on this road. Remember the man up the tree. On this occasion the Passover is coming, and Jesus is deliberately “going up” where he will be “lifted up”. This is the last of his teachings about faith and discipleship on the road. The rest in Mark happens in Jerusalem, the killer of the Prophets. In one sense, Jesus is preparing the people for a new era, the way of the Cross, the way of rejection by the locals, the way of betrayal by his own chosen disciples, the way of death by the Jewish and Roman authorities.

What do you want me to do for you?

I suggest we can update the scene a little and recognise that in the call of the Plenary Council we are being invited to go up to our Jerusalem and that, in some sense, we Catholics are the new Bartimaeus. I would ask you to imagine you are sitting on the road, your faith recognises the call. What do you cry out?

The call has gone out that we are invoking the Holy Spirit to help us see again.

What do you cry out?

What is it you believe needs to happen to get our beloved Church back in the market place?

This week I had a germ of an idea. By way of illustration, I would like the Plenary Council to encourage all Church communities to organise themselves to have their Church open for at least one hour a day. To have it manned so that greetings can be shared and explanations given as to why we have the signs and symbols that we do. That this is a movement of the whole Church community. We are all equally baptised. It may not take away all our blind spots, but it would be interesting to see the changes in our community. Surely, we have a minimum of seven people in our faith group that can give one hour a week to “open the doors”! It is an idea that I will send to the organising committee.

What is your idea?

How can we see again?

Son of David, have pity on me!

Let’s us make a loud collective cry!

 

Mons Frank

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