God’s Guidance

Readings for Sunday, October 28 — 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126: 1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • In the first reading we hear about how Jacob was appointed by God to be the guide for his people. Who has guided you in your life? What did it feel like to be guided?
  • Bartimaeus makes a bold and direct request of Jesus, and Jesus responds by immediately giving him sight. How do you talk to God? Is your prayer as bold and direct as Bartimaeus’?
  • When have you received a clear answer to your prayers? When has the answer been less than clear?
  • How has God given you consolation and guidance throughout your life, perhaps even at times when it might have seemed like your prayers went unanswered?

For the Solemnity of All Saints:

Readings: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1BC-2, 3-4AB, 5-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12A

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • Read the first reading once more. Imagine yourself in this reading. Where are you? Who are you? What do you see and feel?
  • Read the Gospel and think of who in your life you would call blessed. Where does he/she fit in with today’s Gospel reading? Where do you see yourself fitting in? Where do you want to fit in?
  • Today is the Feast of All Saints. What are some of the traditions from your childhood or present day life to celebrate this day? How will you celebrate this year?