Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Oct 27th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”

Mark 10:49

These words to Bartimaeus, the blind man, are an invitation into an encounter with the Lord. The sad reality is that the story doesn’t begin that way.  We begin by hearing Bartimaeus shouting out to the Lord for mercy.  Though he was blind, Bartimaeus recognized who Jesus was, the “Son of David”, the Messiah!  He was rebuked and told to be quiet.  Ultimately the story ends with the joy of a healing encounter with Jesus.

This Sunday is Priesthood Sunday.  We celebrate the gift of the priesthood to the church.  Without priests, there is no Eucharist; without the Eucharist, there is no Church!  Much like Bartimaeus, we have many young men who have recognized Christ and desire to have that encounter with Christ to confirm the stirrings of the Spirit in their hearts and “want to see” if the Lord is calling them to be priests.  Too often in our society this can be met with a society that tells them to be quiet.  Our young people are told that they need to be doctors, or lawyers, or teachers, or anything but a priest and sometimes this even comes from their own family.  Yet, if we do not allow our young men to answer the stirrings of the Spirit, where will we be as a Church in the years to come without the priests to bring us the Eucharist?  Today as we celebrate Priesthood Sunday, let us not only celebrate the gift of the priesthood, but also the great gift we have been given in our young men who have stepped forward and answered, with generous hearts, the beckoning of the Lord.  We are blessed with over 30 seminarians who are in seminary in the hopes of one day being ordained to the priesthood! Two of theses are from our own parish! We pray for them and hopefully as a community of faith we will encourage other young men to follow in their footsteps!  We need them!!

Perhaps you know a young man that when you look at him you see that glimmer of the Spirit at work. Perhaps you think that this young man would be a good priest.  Have you ever mentioned that to them.  Perhaps today we can offer that encouragement and say to them, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you!”

Fr. Jason