Thirtieth Sunday 2018
Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.
Bartimaeus is a symbol of all of us. In some way or another we are all victims, losers, weak, and needy. As humans, we live with limitations and sufferings. Unfortunately, we also live with a pride that does not want to accept the need for help. Until we recognize and accept our own hurts, losses, and disappointments and then reach out and humbly ask for help, we cannot be cured. Many voices want to keep us stuck in the place where we find ourselves, just like the voices that wanted the blind man to be silent and stay as a beggar on the side of the road.
Bartimaeus took courage and called out to the Lord over and over which implies that his healing had already begun because he began to believe. He wanted to see and he received more than he first imagined. With his sight, Bartimaeus began to follow the Lord on the way, which means he was willing to take up his cross and follow the Lord through passion and death to new life.
By Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC