Hope for the blind

482 hope for the blindIn Luke's Gospel, a blind man is screaming. He wants to attract the attention of Jesus and experiences great blessings. On the street of Jericho lies the blind beggar Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, at the wayside. He was one of many who had lost their hope of earning their own living. They depended on the generosity of others. I guess most of us can barely get into this situation to really understand what it was like to be Bartimaeus and ask for bread to survive?

Jesus passed through Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd. "When Bartimaeus heard them, he inquired what that was. They announced that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. He cried, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me"! (from Lk 18,36-38 LUT). He understood immediately that Jesus was the Messiah. The symbolic content of the story is remarkable. The man was waiting for something to happen. He was blind and could do nothing himself to change his situation. As Jesus passed through his city, the blind man immediately recognized him as the Messiah (the Messenger of God), who could heal him from his blindness. So he yelled loudly to draw attention to his plight, so much so that the people in the crowd said to him, "Shut up - stop screaming!" But the resistance made the man only more stubborn at his request consist. "Jesus stopped and said: Call him! They called out to the blind and said to him, "Be well, get up! He is calling you! Then he threw off his cloak, jumped up and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered him, saying, What do you want me to do for you? The blind man said to him: Rabbuni (my master), that I will see. Jesus said to him, Go, your faith has helped you. And immediately he saw and followed him on the way "(Mk 10,49-52 LUT).

Could it be that you are in exactly the same situation as Bartimaeus? Recognize, you can not do it on your own, to really see, you need help? You may hear other people's message, "Stay calm - Jesus is too busy to deal with you." The message and response of disciples and followers of Jesus should be, "Have courage, get up, call you, I'll bring you to him! "

They have found the real life that you have been looking for, "Jesus, their Master!" Jesus gives grace and mercy not only to the blind Bartimaeus, but also to you. He hears your screams and gives you the new view to understand who you are.

Bartimaeus is an impressive example of succession. He recognized his own inability, trusted Jesus as the one who could give him God's grace, and, as soon as he could see clearly, followed him as a disciple of Jesus.

by Cliff Neill


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