Daily Worship

Bartimaeus and Wholeness

Mrs Karen Brown April 10, 2014 0 0

Mark 10: 46-52

Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means ‘son of Timaeus’), was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’

Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’

So they called to the blind man, ‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’ Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, ‘Rabbi, I want to see.’

‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Here I am God, out in the burning heat, blind, desolate, lonely and miserable.
But, where are you Lord?
I’ve cried out to you again and again... nothing.
Why am I blind? Why has this happened to me?
I really resent this blackness...this not seeing, are you listening to me Lord?
You never answer me, do you?
Some days there’s no money in my bowl, so no food either.
Now there’s talk of someone called Jesus who can heal the sick coming our way. Not that I’ve much chance of getting near him.
If only I could see there might just be a chance...
“Jesus, have mercy on me!
My blind eyes are filled with light and my soul responds with joy!
Lord, you have heard me! You have heard me!
The light of Jesus presence sears my eyes and the fierce grip of nothingness and darkness are gone and there is only him.
As he looks at me and I look at him I see you, God of all eternity.
I am made whole in body, mind and spirit.


written by Kay Brown