Sunday, October 24

Gospel of Mark 10:46-52

Go; your faith has saved you

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

I am drawn to the rhythm of this encounter of faith and healing in this Gospel story.

Firstly, voice –Bartimaeus calls to Jesus, then Jesus calls him.

Secondly, heart and desire 

Bartimaeus desires mercy; a cry from his heart; and he is encouraged by those around him and they say to him “courage”. (from the latin word cor = heart).

Thirdly, movement and the body -Bartimaeus jumps up, throws off his coat.

Fourthly the mystery of faith and divine healing.

Bartimaeus has faith; Jesus restores Bartimaeus sight.

Bartimaeus responds by following Jesus.

In my prayer I choose the same rhythm of encounter…

I call to Jesus and in turn, I listen to the promptings of the life giving Spirit.

With courage, I utter desires of my heart.

I make a gesture with my body of openness to encounter.

In faith, I surrender into the mystery of healing love.

Now with more clarity, I choose to follow the way of Jesus.

Jesus say Amen!