Engaging the Gospel – Mark 10:46-52

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B): Gospel – Mark 10:46-52

As the Catechism explains, “the urgent request” of the blind man in today’s Gospel – ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!’ – has been renewed in the traditional prayer to Jesus known as the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ Healing infirmities or forgiving sins, Jesus always responds to a prayer offered in faith” (paragraph 2616).

Through the Jesus Prayer, “the heart is opened to human wretchedness and the Savior’s mercy. The invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus is the simplest way of praying always….This prayer is possible at all times because it is not one occupation among others, but the only occupation: that of loving God, which animates and transfigures every action in Christ Jesus” (2667-68).

Question for reflection: What important needs should I bring before the Lord in prayer?