This week we begin by turning to the Prophet Jeremiah, he is the first of the latter prophets and Jeremiah writes of the future redemption of the Israelites. If you remember Jeremiah is written during the Babylonian exile where many of the people of Israel were moved to Babylon and in the reading today we hear the Lord promise to “gather them from the ends of the world”. The Lord hears the cries as they left and will console them and guide them back home. The Lord is keeping tabs on us and caring for us. This same theme is picked up in the epistle to the Hebrews. We pick up where we left off last week talking about how Jesus is our high priest and he’s just like us. Jesus is able to act as a mediator between us and heaven and actively cares about what we do and who we are.
Finally turning to the Gospel we hear Mark’s account of the Healing of the Blind man, Bartimaeus. This picks up from where we ended last week Jesus and his disciples are leaving Jericho followed by a big crowd and when they get near to Bartimaeus he starts yelling “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus hears him and calls him over and asks what he wants the blind man says “Master, I want to see.” Jesus tells him to go for his faith had healed him. It was through his faith that he was healed and he joined the crowd following Jesus. The words of Bartimaeus remind me of the Jesus prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Jesus is there for us rooting us on but we need to put some effort into it, be it through faith or works. The Lord and Jesus are on our side and we need to be more open to this great gift that has been given to us through our baptism. I hope that this week we can reflect upon our faith lives and if we were the blind man would out faith heal us.