Our prayers for blessings as October comes to a close. There is much to mourn these days and much to fear in our global neighborhood. Yet there are bright spots in our midst: parishioners who are faithful in worship and leadership; a church that engages – not in answers but on solutions; and a warm and welcoming parish family who cares about the difference they make in the world. We are also blessed with people who see a need and step up to meet the need. For this, especially today, we offer thanks.

Our worship journey included the next installment of our conversation about finding God’s plan and sharing God’s presence with our world. Bartimaeus was so touched by the possibility present in Jesus that he threw off all the things that provided him comfort and safety to follow Jesus and spread the Good News of God to a needy world. We also heard the closing of Job’s story and conversation with God. In the end, Job doesn’t get the answer he wants, but he gets the answer he needs – God is at work and has never changed since before time. Our job, as we have been reminded by wise people (including Jean-Pierre Caussade) that our work is to trust God’s presence and to share the truth of God’s presence everywhere.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

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