Dcn. Paul Bezaire – Jesus asked the blind man Bartimaeus what it is he needed. Bartimaeus knew exactly what he needed … he wanted to see! Seeing wouldn’t only make his life better, but it would allow him to follow Jesus. If Jesus was right here in front of me, I’m not sure if I would be able to tell him what I need … what I long for … what restlessness is inside me.

Fr. Maurice Restivo C.S.B. – Jesus asks, “Are you able to drink the cup that I will drink?” Sometimes great wisdom is born of a great suffering. Richard Rohr says, “When life is hard, we are primed to learn something absolutely central” …

Fr. Maurice Restivo C.S.B. – My mother delighted at telling a story about me. They had given me a book about St. Francis of Assisi and after reading it, I was giving my sister all of my toys … ridding myself of my possessions like St. Francis. The words that Jesus said to that Rich Man and then to the disciples must have been very difficult to hear …

Homily by Dcn. Paul Bezaire – One of the many messages brought to us by Pope Francis last week involved “inclusion and tolerance”. Similar themes are found in this Sunday’s readings. Jesus tells John, “Whoever isn’t against us is for us”.

Fr. Maurice Restivo CSB – The upheaval that refugees experience is devastating; often life-threatening. Yet, public opinion often overlooks this and focusses on their many needs and how their presence will impact us – how it’s not right for us to have to share what rightfully belongs to us. But then there was the photo of the little boy washed up on the beach and suddenly we are looking at it differently. James tells us clearly that faith and works go together. Jesus tells us that the temptation to separate the mess of society from the reality of our everyday lives is wrong. We are all connected, and it matters to us that refugees are people of great need and there are things that we need to do.

Fr. Maurice Restivo CSB – I knew from an early age that I would never want to disappoint my parents. Because of that I wanted to be perfect. I always wanted for my parents to be proud of me, but I knew deep down that I wasn’t perfect … far from it …but, I prefer to see the problems in others rather than in myself. In Mark’s gospel, the apostles are fallible; they make mistakes over and over again. In today’s gospel, they don’t accept the reality of Christ’s pending death and resurrection and instead they argue which among them is the greatness. Instead, Jesus tells them that they can only be important if they identify and embrace their own weaknesses.

Fr. Maurice Restivo c.s.b. – We run into people all the time that we don’t really give a second thought. They simply aren’t a significant part of our lives, or at least not significant enough to catch our attention. At the same time, we meet people of great importance and not only do we notice these, but we can’t wait to tell others about them. In our readings today, we learn that the opposite is true … that the “small people” should be of great significance in our lives.

Fr. Maurice Restivo c.s.b. – When my mother died, I experienced what was perhaps the lowest point in my faith life because I suddenly wondered whether that was it – wasn’t there something more? Does it all just end here … with death? The Assumption of the Mary tells us that there is much more. It gives us hope.