“The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed.”
Psalm 126: 3
by Sister Joseph Fennimore, OSB
As we read the story of Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel, probably most of us can relate to him in his call to Jesus asking for help. We too are often in great need and finally realize Jesus is nearby. We know Jesus and have been taught about his love, care and power. Jesus can help us and deliver us from darkness as he did Bartimaeus. We can respond to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?” with the same answer of the blind man, “Master, I want to see.” but perhaps with an expanded meaning. Our answers may be phrased as, “Master, I want to understand.” Or “I want to find a solution to my problem.” Or “I want to change my life.”
Bartimaeus came to Jesus with persistence and faith. He did not let the people around him stop him from voicing his need even though he was insignificant. He kept crying out. His belief, his faith gave him the courage to continue and Jesus heard him. Bartimaeus was given sight. This gift of sight led him to follow Jesus on the way, the way of discipleship. Our persistence, our faith too can lead us to deeper relationship with Jesus.
In each of the readings for today God is responding to his people in love. They are in deep need, unable to do for themselves, far from God. The voice of God is heard through the prophet Jeremiah calling back Israel from exile to their true home. In the Letter to the Hebrews, the high priest Jesus Christ has interceded and continues to intercede for all who have strayed from God’s love. And it is Jesus Christ in his love for the Bartimaeus who has given the blind man the gift of sight and salvation. How is Jesus’ love for you expressed?
From the Rule of St. Benedict
“Place your hope in God alone.” Chapter 4: 41
“Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.” Cf 2 Timothy 1:10