A Bartimaeus Moment

October 28, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 25, Year B
Mark 10:46-52

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Gospel Text:

Mark 10:46-52

Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

 

Sources:

Rowan Williams, from a May 2004 lecture to a group of mostly clergy and seminarians, Williams reflected on Michael Ramsey’s 1972 book, The Christian Priest Today.

Elizabeth Kolbert, “Global Warning,” The New Yorker, October 22, 2018. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/22/what-is-donald-trumps-response-to-the-uns-dire-climate-report Accessed: 10/25/2018.

Largest producers of CO2 emissions worldwide in 2016, based on their share of global CO2 emissions, Statista, The Statistics Portal, https://www.statista.com/statistics/271748/the-largest-emitters-of-co2-in-the-world/ Accessed: 10/25/2018.

Laura Reynolds, “Agriculture and Livestock Remain Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” Worldwatch Institute, May 8, 2013. http://www.worldwatch.org/agriculture-and-livestock-remain-major-sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions-0 Accessed: 10/25/2018.

Why does CO2 get most of the attention when there are so many other heat-trapping gases?, Global Warming Science, Union of Concerned Scientists, https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/CO2-and-global-warming-faq.html#bf-toc-1 Accessed: 10/25/2018.

Cooler Smarter Practical Steps for low-carbon living, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Island Press, 2012, p. 5.

 

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