October 28th ✙ 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for October 28th, 2018

    IN TODAY'S GOSPEL, we meet a blind man by the name of Bartimaeus. When he met Jesus his prayer was:
"Lord, that I may see:"
    It is a prayer which we can make our own because in many ways we too are blind. Jesus wants to open our eyes too.
    Lord Jesus, you opened the eyes of the blind. Lord, have mercy.
    You free us from the darkness of sin. Christ, have mercy.
    You help us to walk in the light of goodness. Lord, have mercy.

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Agape Catholic Bible study: 30th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy of Jesus Christ - Click here!

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MONDAY:✟ Elinor Ackerman, by Bill Ackerman
TUESDAY:Intentions of Kathleen Armstrong
WEDNESDAY:✟ Kathryn Bates Turner, by Mary K Bates
FRIDAY:✟ Funeral Mass for Elvira Sartor

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Liturgy Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th - 5:00pm
Lector: George Kraemer
Eucharist: Mark Clure
Cup: Connie Melo; Frank Melo
Servers: Elise & Linnea Dolf
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Frank & Judy Goulart
Ushers: Mark Clure & Bill Acord

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th - 9:00 am
Lector: Vince Reinig
Eucharist: Alvin Garcia
Cup: Deacon Ed Pecis & Kris Acord
Servers: Austin McWilliams & Adam Domanski
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Paul, Donna & Jacob Chapman
Ushers: Alvin Garcia & Mike Rodriguez

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd - 5:00 am
Lector: Paul Schwartz
Eucharist: Lavada Erickson
Cup: Deacon Ed & Tammy Pecis
Servers: Alexa Thompson & Daniel Forslund
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Bill & Kris Acord
Ushers: Dave Barnett & Tom Ravizza

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th - 9:00 am
Lector: Jim Ostrowski
Eucharist: Bruno Zamperin
Cup: Maria Zamperin; Tyler Cervelli
Servers: Nathan & Jennifer Roach
Music: Carol & James with accompanist Jean Marie
Offertory Gifts: Charles & Cindy Corrales
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Aldo Meneni

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Reflections: The Gift of Sight

Helen Keller, who went blind and deaf at nineteen months, said:
“One day I asked a friend of mine who had just returned from a long walk in the woods what she has seen.
She replied,
“Nothing in particular.”
“How was this possible?” I asked myself, “when I, who cannot hear or see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate shape and design of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly over the rough bark of a pine tree. Occasionally, I place my hand quietly on a small tree, and if I’m lucky, feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song.
The greatest calamity that can befall people, is not that they should born blind, but that they should have eyes, yet fail to see."

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More on the Readings

Our Second Reading:

   Most Christians would take it for granted that Jesus is a priest. He offered His life as a sacrifice on the cross. In the first century this was not such a simple idea. Jews believed that the priesthood was hereditary--one had to be the son of a priest to be a priest.
    The author of Hebrews defends Jesus' priesthood by noting an obscure twist of fate. An obscure figure named Melchizedek played a small but important role. He was the priest-king of Salem (later, Jerusalem). He offered a sacrifice to God with Abraham that was accepted.
    Many centuries later the Jewish priesthood began with the sons of Moses' brother Aaron (of the tribe of Levi). They flourished until the time of David. As the great king lay dying, his sons squabbled over the right to succession. The Levitical priests chose the wrong side, while the local Jerusalem priests sided with Solomon. When he became king, Solomon promoted the local priests. He based their claim to the priesthood on their descent from Melchizedek, a more ancient lineage. Christians taught that Jesus had the same kind of right.

Melchizedek and Abraham

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Gospel Reading

   The Blind Runner
   Here's a simple experiment to try: go out into your backyard or into a park. Close your eyes and run in any direction. How far do you think you would get? Maybe a matter of a few feet before you stumble into something, a tree, a bush, a rock, or another person. The whole thing sounds impossible, but that is precisely what happens in today's Gospel.
    Jesus is passing through Jericho, it is a stopover on the route to Jerusalem. Suddenly a blind man clamors for Jesus' attention. The Lord calls him to come to him. Instantly the man jumps up and runs to Christ. Jesus tells the man that his faith has already given him the power to see what the crowd does not. Immediately the man follows Jesus' way... to the cross.

Jesus and the Blind Man

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