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 you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want for 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.
Bartimaeus knew that he was blind and that he needed to see. He called out for mercy to Jesus, then asked to receive his sight. Because of his faith, he received his sight. In the same manner each of us need to call out to Jesus who is our only hope. Then like Bartimaeus, we must receive our sight and follow Jesus.
Father all of us need to receive our sight to be able to follow you. Help us not to be discouraged by those who are around us, but to take courage in you and your word. Thank you for making all things possible in Jesus’ name. Amen.