28th October 2018

“Jesus Son of David, have mercy on me … What do you want Me to do for you? … Master, let me see again” (Mark 10: 47, 51, 52)

The healing of the blind Bartimaeus recorded in Mark 10: 46-52 is a very inspiring account. The blind beggar with the name Bartimaeus, which means “Son of Timeaus” heard that Jesus was passing by. He shouted out: “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.” Mark reports that the crowd shouted and scolded him to keep quiet. But the more they shouted him down, the louder he shouted back. Do you wonder why he wouldn’t be quiet? Because he must have heard about Jesus from someone before that day, and he had faith in Jesus from whatever they told him of Jesus. Paul tells us that faith comes through hearing (Roman 10: 17). We need to be the carriers of the message of Jesus to others to inspire faith. That’s what we are called to do. There are so many that are “blind” in our world today who must be told about Jesus so that they long for His appearing. The persistence or stubbornness of Bartimaeus paid off when Jesus stopped and called for him. Notice that, the same people, the same crowd that shouted him down are the same people now telling him: “Courage, get up, He is calling you.” Dear friend, we may be the lonely voice of truth and justice to speak out against the killing of the unborn babies; gay and homosexual relationships; sex abuses and the likes. In the crowd of this world that is blind to these evils, such voices are not only necessary but needed as matter of emergency. Yes, the crowd will shout back, they will certainly be louder and intimidating, but if we are sure of what we are doing and we remain firm, persistent and stubborn enough, “Jesus will stop” and listen. Then the world will turn to our side calling in support. Lord, we offer You the prayer of Bartimaeus: “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on us.” And we ask You to give us his courage to remain resolute in the face of oppositions.