Jesus Heals Bartimeaus

They came to Jericho.
As Jesus and his disciples and
a large crowd were leaving Jericho,
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.

— Mark 10:46-52

[Praying with the gospels is a great spiritual practice. One approach to this miracle story might be to reflect on one’s own spiritual blindness from which Jesus can heal us. Another possibility is that whenever Jesus asks a question like here — ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ — imagine Jesus asking us the same question. How would you or I answer Jesus?Take your pick and take your time. Finally, here is one one of my favorite versions of a wonderful song.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to Jesus Heals Bartimeaus

  1. Lisa Musolin says:

    How Great Thou Art!

  2. Thank you Father for yet another wonderful post.

    There are so many things I would ask Jesus if He asked me that question … and I do so very often in my prayers.

    God bless.

  3. Anne Comeaux says:

    Thank you for the reminder about my personal “smugness” regarding my spiritual blindness.

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