30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Last Sunday’s Gospel passage (which precedes this Sunday’s) gave us the account of the two brothers, James and John seeking places of honour. In contrast, in this Sunday’s passage (Mark 10:46-52), we have a blind beggar asking our Lord in humility: “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me”. Although Bartimaeus, the blind beggar could not see, the passage shows us that he understood the nature of Jesus’ mission and identity. He knew the prophecy that the Messiah would be of the Davidic line. The rest of the people knew too but chose ‘not to see’. It is a great reminder of the phrase, that “there is none so blind than those who will not see”.