BLIND BUT DOGGEDLY PERSISTENT!!!
BARTIMAEUS is his name! He was a blind man that met Jesus on the road
towards Jericho. These Biblical figures
and their encounter with Jesus have wonderful messages for us and the whole
world until the end of the world! Why not immerse ourselves into this
heart-warming and inspiring Biblical scene.
JESUS ON THE WAY. Jesus is near Jericho and as is often the
case He is surrounded by many people, including His own disciples. Jesus would
take advantage of many occasions and opportunities to preach the Word of God—in
the synagogue, the Temple of Jerusalem, on the Mountain or Plain, but even as
He walked from one town to the next.
THE LOUD-MOUTH NUISSANCE!!! On the way, could be heard, from the depths
of a wounded and broken and suffering heart an ear-piercing shrill cry: JESUS,
SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!!!
Everybody heard it and it bothered many!
WHO WAS IT??? It was none other than
the BLIND MAN BARTIMAEUS! People tried to
shut the blind man up because he was a loud-mouthed nuisance; you might even say
(for many) a real pest! However, the
more they tried to clam up this vocal, loud and persistent loud-mouth, the
louder he seemed to cry!
JESUS AWARE. Jesus was not taken by
surprise; rather Jesus who is the Word of God and the Light of the world was
keenly aware of what was going on and especially in this circumstance. Jesus would take advantage of this blind man
to accomplish immense good! Jesus never allowed an opportunity to slip through
THE CRIES!!! As the cries of this
blind-beggar seemed to get louder and louder, Jesus told them to bring the
blind man to Him. This was done! Imagine
the blind man being led to Jesus who is truly the Light of the world! Imagine
Bartimaeus being led by the hand, now rising in his wounded heart hope that
maybe he would be healed!
ALL –IMPORTANT QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU
WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU??? Jesus asks the blind beggar what he wants. Without a
moment of stammer or stutter on the part of the blind beggar he pours out his
heart to Jesus—I WANT TO SEE!!!!!
DIVINE PHYSICIAN AND LIGHT OF THE
WORLD. Jesus who is the Divine-Physician and the Light of the world, heals
Bartimeus and the blind man can finally see! The healing was both immediate and
LESSONS FOR ALL OF US!!! There are
many lessons that all of us can learn from Bartimaeus the blind beggar. Why not take them and apply them to our lives
BARTIMAEUS—He is you and me!!! In the
Catechism of the Catholic Church on prayer Saint Augustine is cited: “We are all beggars before God.” You are Bartimeus and so am I!!! We all have great needs. We all have many
BLIND-SPOTS in our spiritual lives that have to be brought to our attention and
healed! The worst form of blindness is the person who says that he is not blind!
JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Even
in the midst of the most profound darkness, Jesus is always the LIGHT OF THE
WORLD. Jesus also said: “You are the
light of the world.”
CALLING OUT. Like Bartimaeus we should overcome our
timidity and shyness and cry out like the blind beggar! Jesus knows us through
and through but He wants us to cry out like the blind-beggar!
OBSTACLES ON THE WAY. Despite the
loud cries of Bartimeus, many tried to shut him up! But he did not give up! In
the spiritual life obstacle will always be in our path, but it is up to us to
overcome the obstacles. Even if we stumble and fall, we should be resilient and
PERSISTENCE AND PERSEVERANCE. Bartimaeus would not give up even for a
moment. How often has it happened that we had a very important petition that we
brought to the Lord and we asked for help, but it seemed as if the Lord were
distant or not even paying attention to our prayer. Consequently, we simply
gave up the fight! Not so with this blind-beggar! He was not ready to give up!
WHAT DO YOU WANT? The question that
Jesus posed to Bartimaeus is an all-important and all-encompassing question that
Jesus poses to you and to me right now!
Delve down into the depths of your heart, into the inner recesses of
your soul and what is it that weighs heaviest on your heart right now? What is
it that you really desire more than anything else? What is most earnest and
pressing for you now? Now is the time to open your heart and pour out all of
the desires you have within!
I WANT TO SEE!!! Maybe we could beg for the same grace—to be able to
see Jesus, to understand His will and plan for me with greater clarity of
spiritual sight right now!
GIVEN!!! Jesus grants Bartimaeus what
he requested right away. Often we do not receive because we simply do not ask
and persist. Jesus reminds us of the importance of asking, begging and
insisting with these words: “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened for you.” (Mt. 7:7) Why not become a
Bartimaeus today. Beg and present your blindness and Jesus the generous giver
who is truly the Light of the world is there to give!!!