Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—October 22, 2015
“Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.” -Mark 10:46-52
The gospel for this coming Sunday tells the story of blind Bartimaeus, a beggar who calls out to Jesus for healing. He shouted, and the dignified bystanders told him to be quiet (“sternly ordered him,” at that.) But did he stop crying out? NO! He cried out even louder. And Jesus heard him and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” And he asked for his sight to be restored, and it was.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Earlier in Mark’s gospel, Jesus asks this same question of James and John, two of the disciples. They replied that they wanted places of honor when Jesus came into his kingdom. Bartimaeus answer to the same question: "My teacher, let me see again." No request for a place of honor, no grandeur, just the ability to see again. Even in his blindness, it seems Bartimaeus was seeing much more than many of those around him who had physical eyesight. What do I want Jesus to do for me? What is it we would ask of Jesus this day?
Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,