Mark 10: 46-52

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is the son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up!  On your feet.  He’s calling for you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?”  Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

A Thought

Jesus is calling each of us to him to receive our sight. Bartimaeus was physically blinded and Jesus told him his faith had healed him. Bartimaeus then received his sight and followed Jesus. We are blinded by sin and the cares of this world.  Jesus wants to heal all of us. If we have faith to believe in Jesus, he will open our eyes that we may see. If we follow him, we will see the need of change in ourselves. We will change the focus from always being on ourselves.  We will focus on God’s word and how we can serve God and others.

Our Prayer

Father, help us to truly believe in you. Increase our faith that we may clearly see how to follow you. We ask in Jesus name. Amen