Posted on October 25, 2018 09:58

"Son of David, have pity on me!" Has the cry of Bartimaeus ever escaped your lips? Today's Gos-pel tells the story of a blind man with a difficult lot in life. He made a living by begging coins off pass-ing travelers. When word reaches him that Jesus will be passing by, this is when he begins is shouts for mercy. Jesus hears Bartimaeus' cry and beck-ons him forward. "What do you want me to do for you?" Last week, Jesus asked a similar question to James and John. Their response was a clutch for fame. Bartimaeus' response is much humbler. "Lord, I want to see." How strange this interaction must have seemed to the onlookers. The man is blind! Of course he wants to see! But Jesus is always teaching us. By asking us what we want, Jesus reveals the disposi-tions of our hearts. God already knows them, but do we? By asking James and John to name their ambition, their selfishness is exposed to them and to the other disciples. By asking Bartimaeus to name his longing, his faith is exposed to the entire crowd. Jesus invites participation in our own re-demption. He doesn't save us without us! Take some time in silent prayer today. Place your-self in this story of Bartimaeus. Imagine yourself there on the dusty, crowded roadside. Jesus is call-ing you! When you stand before him, his focus is on you and you alone. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asks. Search your heart. How would you respond? What part of your heart is Jesus asking you to expose? He has come to heal and to restore. May we, too, be sent! "Go ... your faith has saved you."