October 24, 2021 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 31:7-9 • Hebrews 5:1-6 • Mark 10:46-52
Jesus told him, “Go on your way; your faith has saved you.” —Mark 10:52
In the Gospel story today we learn it is okay to ask Jesus for what we want. After all, Jesus asked the blind man “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man got exactly what he asked for; he got his sight. Sometimes we don’t get exactly what we ask for and it may be a while before we understand why God didn’t seem to answer our prayer. Other times, we may get what we asked for, but it comes in a different way than we imagined it would. God cares about us and wants what is best for us and sometimes that means not giving us what we think we want. It’s like a parent who won’t feed their child donuts every day for breakfast even if that’s what the child asks for because the parent knows it’s not good for the child. Keep asking God for what you need, and trust that he knows what is best for you.
Pray together: Dear Lord, teach me how to pray in a way that doesn’t only ask for what I want, but that will teach me what you want for me.
Discuss together: When I pray, do I find myself praying only for my own concerns or do I also pray for those around me who have greater needs? (e.g. the poor and forgotten)
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