Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Greeting Elizabeth, the expectant Virgin Mary expounded on the great things God did for her. Running up to Jesus, a man asked what he should do to gain eternal life. Since he already obeyed the Commandments, the man might have expected a pat on the back but went away sad because Jesus said he had to do more. When Peter pointed out that the Twelve had given up everything to become Disciples, the Lord spoke of rewards in this life and eternal life, but also persecution in between. Jesus did not promise James and John seats right beside Him in heaven, and the other ten Apostles became indignant at the request. On His travels, Jesus cured a blind man who had shouted for Him and jumped up when the Lord called him over. Do we feel like shouting prayers in enthusiasm or exasperation?