Weekend of October 24-25, 2009-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31:7-9                                         Hebrews 5:1-6                                            Mark 10:46-52 The first reading speaks of God as the Father of Israel, reuniting them and leading them back from the ends of the earth.  The second reading acknowledges that the Father sent Jesus as our high priest.  His sacrifice took away our sin.  In the Gospel, Jesus cures Bartimaeus, a man who was blind, telling him his faith has saved him.

We are reminded that salvation is a gift from God, given out of love.  It is this love that Jeremiah speaks of as he tells Israel they will be led home from their exile.  It is also this love, given through the sacrifice of Jesus, that provides for our salvation and enables us to walk in the light of faith.