A Blind Beggar (Mark 10:46-52)

46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae’us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae’us, was sitting by the roadside.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.”
50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

For men who are discerning their vocation, the story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar gives a wonderful example of the ‘model disciple’. Bartimaeus is determined. He doesn’t allow anything to get in the way of him getting to Our Lord. The people telling him to be quiet don’t deter him.

He responds immediately, “So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus.” He is not going to follow Our Lord eventually or some time in the future but straight way.  He is not acting like a blind person, being careful, cautious and even fearful, but gets rid of all his obstacles, ‘his clothing,’ which was holding him back from getting to Our Lord.

He asks Jesus perhaps the most important question. “Master, let me see again.” This is the prayer of every disciple for Jesus, of every man who is discerning his vocation. ‘Lord let me see your special plan for me, so I may know what my vocation is and how I am to serve you.’

(Mark 10:46-52)    30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.


Kind regards and God bless

Father Eamon Kennedy

25th October 2012