29 May 2008
1 Peter 2:2-5,9-12
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvationâ€” if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in Godâ€™s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Godâ€™s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are Godâ€™s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honorable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.
They came to Jericho. As Jesus 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, â€œJesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!â€ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, â€œSon of David, have mercy on me!â€ Jesus stood still and said, â€œCall him here.â€ And they called the blind man, saying to him, â€œTake heart; get up, he is calling you.â€ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, â€œWhat do you want me to do for you?â€ The blind man said to him, â€œMy teacher, let me see again.â€ Jesus said to him, â€œGo; your faith has made you well.â€ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.