Fr Hugh’s Homily for 30th Sunday
Compassion and discipleship come together in this gospel. This story completes the chapters on discipleship and as soon as it ends the Passion begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem. In our story today we have Jesus’ compassion for Bartimaeus and that compassion turns him and others into disciples. Whenever Mark says someone follows Jesus he is talking about the path to becoming a disciple; joining in Jesus’ mission. Pope Francis picks these themes up when he says today: ‘There is an urgent need for the mission of compassion…for the building of a community of belonging and solidarity worthy of our time, our energy and our resources.’ But within this story, which is very short, there is so much going on. Let’s look at the characters….