Father Eamonn Shelly, LC
Mark 10: 46-52
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.
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.
Listen: 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 not
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.
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 truth?
3. See: 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
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.
use Jesus Christ’s name and example in a conversation I
have with someone today.