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Cougar Dad's Club

Cougar Dads Bible Study

Next meeting: Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30-8:00am
Location: Karen Vickery office (Main floor - Lower School Intermediate Bldg)

Questions?  Contact Jason Neff, jneff01@gmail.com or 785.383.0927

Study Notes for Friday (10/26/18) meeting

Printable packet:

Study notes.26Oct18.pdf

READ: Mark 10:46-52

 

46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

 

 

PERSONAL MEDITATION - Fr. John Bartunek, from The Better Part

 

Blind eyes, seeing heart

 

"All my hope is naught save in your great mercy."

 

– St. Augustine

 

 

Christ the Teacher

 

Christ teaches two obvious lessons through this incident. First, he shows us that persistent prayer will find its reward. Bartimaeus knew that the heart of Christ was open to all and full of compassion. He knew that his prayer would be heard, if only he persisted in offering it - and he was right.

Behind this persistence is the second lesson, the lesson of faith. We can only know Christ truly by faith. Bartimaeus knew the heart of Christ so well, because he believed in him. He knew him better than those who could see him by the natural light day, because he saw him by the supernatural light of faith. When we trust in God, we detect his presence, power, and love; when we trust in ourselves, he often seems far away. Without the light of faith, we are blind to the brilliance of God’s grace; with faith – which often requires us to go against the pressure of the crowds – our eyes are opened.

Bartimaeus himself teaches us yet a third lesson. The Gospel points out that when Jesus called him, he threw aside his cloak, jumped up, and went to his Lord. The cloak was the most versatile item of Palestinian clothing at the time. It was protection against the rapid and frequent temperature changes, insulation against the harsh Judean winds, and at night it doubled as a blanket. The Fathers of the Church have seen in it a symbol of self-sufficiency, of those things in our lives that we depend on – things that can hold us back when we hear God calling. By leaving it behind, Bartimaeus teaches us that our only sufficiency should be Jesus Christ.

 

 

DAD’S MEDITATION

 

I want to focus your attention on Fr. John Bartunek’s “third lesson” from Bartimaeus in the reflection above.  I think as men, it is very easy to fall into the trap of self-sufficiency…there is a natural male inclination to think we have to “do it all ourselves.”  I think we know, in our heart of hearts, we encounter situations where no matter how hard we try, we just can’t quite seem to get something right ourselves.  And often our response is to just keep after it. Perseverance, of course, is a virtue. In fact, it’s one of the other lessons of this same gospel.  But sometimes the virtue of perseverance can get warped into an unnatural desire for control over everything.  As I read in another daily reflection in my own prayer time this week, there are times when Jesus is whispering to us, “Let me do it.”  

 

If you have something in your life right now that you just can’t seem to figure out, or something that no matter how hard you keep trying, it doesn’t seem to be working, consider that maybe what’s needed is to let Him do it.  Perhaps turning it over to God is what is missing.  In fact, you may find that once you release something over to God, your work starts to become strangely effortless and fruitful at the same time. 

 

This is especially important as a father.  We all know that we can only love, guide, and correct our children…we can’t make their decisions for them.  But we can also pray for them, turning over their care to the Father that never lets them down.

 

 

 

REFLECT:

 

  1. Why did the disciples around Jesus try to silence Bartimaeus?  Why did Bartimaeus resist them?

 

  1. How can we instill this sense of holy persistence in our own children?

 

  1. What are some common “cloaks” that can hold us back from answering the Lord’s summons?

 

  1. How do we teach our children how to balance, or integrate, the virtue of persistence and the need for our own action and cooperation with God with the ability to turn akll things over to Him?

 

 

FURTHER STUDY: Catechism and Ignatius Bible Study Notes

 

Catechism:

 

2616 Prayer to Jesus is answered by him already during his ministry, through signs that anticipate the power of his death and Resurrection: Jesus hears the prayer of faith, expressed in words (the leper, Jairus, the Canaanite woman, the good thief) or in silence (the bearers of the paralytic, the woman with a hemorrhage who touches his clothes, the tears and ointment of the sinful woman).85The urgent request of the blind men, “Have mercy on us, Son of David” or “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” has been renewed in the traditional prayer to Jesus known as the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!” Healing infirmities or forgiving sins, Jesus always responds to a prayer offered in faith: “Your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (548; 2667)

St. Augustine wonderfully summarizes the three dimensions of Jesus’ prayer: “He prays for us as our priest, prays in us as our Head, and is prayed to by us as our God. Therefore let us acknowledge our voice in him and his in us.”

 

 

Ignatius Bible Study notes:

 

10:46 Jericho:Six miles north of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley. Jesus’ brief stay in the city was spent with Zacchaeus (Lk 19:1–10).

10:47 Son of David:Refers to the Messiah, who was expected to be a descendant of King David and the rightful heir to his throne (Is 9:7; Ezek 34:23–24). Many hoped he would possess the power to heal sickness and exorcize demons (Mt 15:22), much like the original son of David, King Solomon (Wis 7:20). Here the confession of Bartimaeus is ironic: this blind man sees Jesus’ messianic identity more clearly than most people in Mark’s Gospel. ‚óŹ Allegorically(St. Bede, In Marcum): Bartimaeus signifies the Gentile nations saved by Christ. Jesus bids them to rise up from their spiritual blindness, throw aside the mantle of their sinful habits, and follow him down the road to glory. 

The Cougar Dads Club is open to all HSP men!  

The Dads Club offers HSP Dads an opportunity to interact and contribute through:

  • Periodic social activities - School kickoff social, Braves night, Pig Roast, and more!
  • Faith formation through bi-weekly Scripture reflections on the Sunday mass readings - our "Dads Cougar Convers(at)ions" (Friday mornings from 7:30-8 in the Vickery office at the Lower School Intermediate Bldg - main floor)
  • Cougar Dads service day at HSP

Our biweekly newsletter - the Cougar Dad Cave - is designed to keep Dads appraised of Dads Club and Dad-oriented HSP activities, as well as provide ongoing faith formation through Scripture, the Church, and other media relevant for fathers.

Email Jason Neff, Cougar Dads Club leader at jneff01@gmail.com for more information.