The Blind Bartimaeus

October 24, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

JER 31:7-9 PS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 HEB 5:1-6

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MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,

Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,

sat by the roadside begging.

On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,

he began to cry out and say,

"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."

And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.

But he kept calling out all the more,

"Son of David, have pity on me."

Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."

So they called the blind man, saying to him,

"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."

He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.

Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"

The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."

Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."

Immediately he received his sight

and followed him on the way.


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St. Boniface (Feast Day June 5) 

c. 675 - June 5, 754 

St. Boniface was born around the year 675 in Wessex (present-day Devon), England. His birth name was Winfrid. He was a brilliant monk in a Benedictine monastery in England. Although he was the head of a school, he thought God wanted him to be a missionary. He went to Frisia (Northern Netherlands and Germany) to begin his work. A war forced him to return to England for a few years, but he did not give up. Next, he journeyed to Rome to ask the pope to tell him where to serve. Pope Gregory II changed Winfrid’s name to Boniface, which means “a man who does good deeds.” Then he sent Boniface to eastern Germany to convert pagans to Christianity. 


For nearly 35 years, Boniface traveled all over Germany, preaching, teaching, and building schools, monasteries, and convents. He returned to Rome to report to the pope about his work. There, the pope ordained him bishop and told him to return to Germany to continue his missionary work and to reform the German Church. In the kingdom where he lived, he had great problems because of lay interference in bishops’ elections and the worldliness of the clergy. In order to restore the German Church to its fidelity to Rome and to convert the pagans, Boniface was guided by two principles: 1) to restore the obedience of the clergy to their bishops in union with the pope of Rome, and 2) the establishment of many houses of prayer which took the form of Benedictine monasteries. 


As an old man, Boniface returned to Frisia to work among the pagans. One morning, while he was waiting to confirm a group of converts, a band of angry natives rushed into the church and murdered Boniface and about 50 converts. Today St. Boniface is the patron of Germany. 


Take time to chat

  • Why did Bartimaeus continued to call out to Jesus even though people told him to be quiet? In what way does this inspire your prayer?
  • What would you do if you heard Jesus calling for you?
  • Why is having faith important?
  • St. Boniface’s name means “a man who does good deeds.” What is the meaning of your name?


Recipe of the week


In honor of our British saint, enjoy some scones today!

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/3 cup cold butter, cut in chunks

½ cup buttermilk

1 large egg beaten into the buttermilk

Milk and sugar

Sift together the first 5 ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Add buttermilk/egg mixture just until it comes together. Knead dough on floured surface a few times (not too much or they will become tough). Divide dough in half and pat into a 7-inch circle. Cut circle into 8 wedges. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 425 F for 12 to 15 minutes.


Family Fun

Leaves and Pumpkins

In today’s Gospel, Bartimaeus received his sight. Take in the beautiful sights of Michigan by packing the family car and taking a scenic drive to see the fall colors. You don’t have to go far to see majestic trees in their splendor. On your way back, stop by a local farm or market to pick your own pumpkins and stock up on gourds and squash for crafts and cooking.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

As a family, listen to the song Open My Eyes by Jesse Manibusan. You should be able to find the song on YouTube or wherever you stream music. Reflect on the lyrics as they relate to the Gospel and to today’s family activity. Share with your family what you “see” through this song.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Just as the pope told St. Boniface where to serve, the Archbishop of Detroit tells priests where to serve. The Archbishop picked a priest to serve as your pastor. What is the name of your pastor? Ask him how he heard Jesus call him to the priesthood.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

As a family, pick a day to fast or give up something you enjoy for the spiritual benefit of another person (i.e. for an increase in faith, for healing of an illness, etc.).

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Fun Facts!

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Scones were a British traditional food at Afternoon Tea, which began right at 4:00pm.