In this reflection for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Erik Arnold reminds us to go to Jesus, no matter what the crowd may be saying to us.
We were made for Jesus. We were made to follow Jesus. But sometimes the people in our life, the crowds around us, try to stop that from happening. Sometimes they try to discourage us, sometimes they’re angry at us for trying to follow Jesus. Maybe you can think of some people in your life right now who try to do that to you, who try to lead you the wrong way.
What do we do? Today let’s pray for the grace and help to do what Bartimaeus did: to ignore the crowd and focus on Jesus, to listen to Jesus as he calls us.
Fr. Erik Arnold
Rev. Arnold was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1999 and serves as pastor at St. John the Evangelist, Maryland. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and is ChristLife's liaison to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. He has served as a speaker for ChristLife, an evangelization ministry in Maryland.