Eighth Week of Ordinary Time: May 22 - 28, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Eighth Week of Ordinary TimeGod so loved the world that he gave his only Son.We begin this week's reflections with the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Our God is a God of relationship, of love, and for us.This week we taste the Wisdom tradition through the Book of Sirach. We receive instruction for doing what is right, acting justly, in beautiful poetic expression. We read prayers begging God to stay faithful and to fulfill the prophesies of old. Songs extol God's eternal and everlasting wisdom, the godly and wise ancestors, and praise Wisdom personified as teacher.In our gospels this week we are following the last part of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem in Mark's Gospel. After struggling to heal the blind man at the beginning of his journey, Jesus heads to Jerusalem predicting his passion to his disciples. They misunderstand his mission and so he instructs them on discipleship. This week we meet a rich young man along the road, experience the third of those predictions and teachings on discipleship and encounter the immediate cure of the blind man, Bartimaeus, who follows Jesus to Jerusalem. Finally, in the temple, we see the opposition Jesus faces and hear his promises to his disciples.We are heading to the great Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ next Sunday. (It's the 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time for the rest of the world - building on a firm foundation, rather than sand; and the celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ is on Thursday.) In the year of the Eucharist, this week is a great preparation for our journey with Jesus more deeply into the mystery of self-giving love. "I am the living bread that came down from heaven;whoever eats this bread will live forever;and the bread that I will giveis my flesh for the life of the world."