October 28, 2018
Sunday, October 28
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 10: 46 – 52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” In today’s Gospel, a blind man by the name of Bartimaeus is desperate for healing, so he boldly cries out to Jesus. He wants the help that he believes Jesus can offer him. Bartimaeus is very much different from that of James and John in the Gospel last week when they asked Jesus to “do for us whatever we ask.” When it comes to understanding what Jesus has come to do, the disciples James and John are more “blind” than Bartimaeus. When Jesus asked him “what do you want me to do for you?” he instead asks not to be seen, but to see — not for honor, but for vision – not to be superior over others, but to become ordinary.
So, what do we want from Jesus? Why are we seeking Him? Do we want wealth? Power? Prestige? Whatever darkness clouds our vision, whatever forces stand between us and salvation, we cannot let anything distract us from the one answer, the only answer that can restore us and make us whole. That answer is the merciful love of God.
Bartimaeus is healed because of his faith in Jesus. Once cured, he abandoned everything and followed Jesus along the road and goes up with Him toward Calvary. He becomes a model disciple for all of us who want to follow Jesus. Even without his eyes, he saw more clearly than those around him. Though he was blind physically he had 20/20 spiritual vision. So, how clear is your vision or are you spiritually blind?
Deacon Paul Zemanek