Readings for Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B
From Contemporary English Version © 1995, American Bible Society.
October 28, 2012
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (Pr. 25, L 30)
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:7-9
7The LORD says:
Celebrate and sing for Israel, the greatest of nations.
Offer praises and shout,
“Come and rescue your people, LORD!
Save what’s left of Israel.”
8I, the LORD, will bring my people back from Babylonia
and everywhere else on earth.
The blind and the lame will be there.
Expectant mothers and women about to give birth
will come and be part of that great crowd.
9They will weep and pray as I bring them home.
I will lead them to streams of water.
They will walk on a level road and not stumble.
I am a father to Israel, my favorite children.
PSALMODY: Psalm 126
1It seemed like a dream when the LORD brought us back
to the city of Zion.
2We celebrated with laughter and joyful songs.
In foreign nations it was said,
“The LORD has worked miracles for his people.”
3And so we celebrated
because the LORD had indeed worked miracles for us.
4Our LORD, we ask you to bless our people again,
and let us be like streams in the Southern Desert.
5We cried as we went out to plant our seeds.
Now let us celebrate as we bring in the crops.
6We cried on the way to plant our seeds,
but we will celebrate and shout as we bring in the crops.
SECOND READING: Hebrews 7:23-28
23There have been a lot of other priests, and all of them have died. 24But Jesus will never die, and so he will be a priest forever! 25He is forever able to save the people he leads to God, because he always lives to speak to God for them.
26Jesus is the high priest we need. He is holy and innocent and faultless, and not at all like us sinners. Jesus is honored above all beings in heaven, 27and he is better than any other high priest. Jesus doesn’t need to offer sacrifices each day for his own sins and then for the sins of the people. He offered a sacrifice once for all, when he gave himself. 28The Law appoints priests who have weaknesses. But God’s promise, which came later than the Law, appoints his Son. And he is the perfect high priest forever.
GOSPEL: Mark 10:46-52
46Jesus and his disciples went to Jericho. And as they were leaving, they were followed by a large crowd. A blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting beside the road. 47When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” 48Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have pity on me!”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him over!”
They called out to the blind man and said, “Don’t be afraid! Come on! He is calling for you.” 50The man threw off his coat as he jumped up and ran to Jesus.
51Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man answered, “Master, I want to see!”
52Jesus told him, “You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith.”
Right away the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.