Father Eamonn Shelly, LC
Mark 10: 46-52
They 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.
Introductory Prayer: Once again, Lord, I come to
you to pray. Even though I cannot see you, I
trust that you are present and very much want to
instruct me in your teachings. In the same way that
you demonstrate your love for me by spending this time
with me, I want to express my love for you,
by dedicating this time to you with a spirit of
faith, confidence and attention. Here I am, Lord, to listen
to you and respond with love.
Petition: Lord, grant me to
be a courageous witness of you and your Kingdom.
Attentive Listening: We need to hear Christ telling us in
our hearts to go and preach with our lives. We
spend so much time thinking about ourselves and so little
time thinking about Jesus and his Kingdom. Through baptism he
has called us not just to know about our faith,
but to act on it and share it with others.
The blind beggar was attentive to Jesus passing by; this
attentiveness was the first step to his cure.
Fearless Proclamation: Christ wants us to be as St. Paul
was: bold in preaching and defending the truth. He wants
us to overcome human respect. Many times we catch ourselves
being influenced by what others think and say, and we
are incapable of being ourselves. The world tries to intimidate
us by laughing at us and making us look ridiculous.
What they really want to do is just force us
to live our faith in a private manner without bearing
witness to Christ and the truth. At those times we
should be like Bartimaeus—crying out even more loudly, standing up
for what is right, and sticking by it at all
times. It’s going to cost us, but then again, didn’t
it cost Christ his life to stand up for the
- Restoration of Sight: Blind Bartimaeus’ life would
never again be the same. He was completely transformed by
Christ interiorly—even his physical ailment was cured. He could see
again. “To see” means to understand our life and all
it entails from God’s perspective. “To see” means that we
are happy fulfilling God’s will for us, no matter what
God is asking of us.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I
ask you to help me to see the great things
you are doing in my life. Help me to see
the moments of the cross as true opportunities to grow
in my personal relationship with you.
Resolution: I will use Jesus
Christ’s name and example in a conversation I have with