Scripture Notes – Sunday 24th October 2021

Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?”


Miracle stories can (and must be!) read at different levels. There’s first of all the plain story: someone in need is healed in some way. It is always the case that even at that basic level the story points beyond itself as an illustration of the Kingdom preached by Jesus.

The story receives an extra layer of meaning in each Gospel. This is certainly true of Mark’s account of Bartimaeus: at Mark’s hand it carries a key teaching on discipleship, the new way of seeing in response to the proclamation of the Kingdom. Bartimaeus follows Jesus on The Way (not “on the road”!).

And then, of course, there is our context today, often called “the world before the text.” What does the embedded story say to me, to us, today? Jesus asks each one of us: What do you want me to do for you? A question worth taking to heart.

The readings

The Synodal Pathway (Dublin)

People are gradually becoming aware that a huge consultation process is underway in the universal, national and local churches. This synodal initiative of the Holy Father has the potential to be more significant than Vatican II. You may like to know more and here are some links.

Every blessing for the week ahead,

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA