Exodus 10:21-11:8; Psalms 137, 144; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52
Faith. The Gospel reading for today is a good lesson in faith. It begins with Jesus entering Jericho, where he encounters a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. As Bartimaeus begins crying for Jesus, many people tell him to stop, but he continues because he believes that Jesus can heal him. Jesus soon hears him and calls for him to come to the front. Bartimaeus then asks Jesus to heal him of his blindness. Immediately Bartimaeus is able to see.
“Your faith has made you well.”
Those words sum up the entire story. Through his faith, Bartimaeus is able to overcome physical blindness. But he also overcomes the spiritual blindness that is present in many of us. When we don’t have faith, we aren’t able to see God’s miracles. The story continues to teach us more still, because Bartimaeus was blind to God’s existence before this event. We need to go out and make sure that other people aren’t blind as well. It is our responsibility to teach God’s word so other people might share it. But in addition to spreading God’s word, we need to follow it. After he was healed, Bartimaeus didn’t continue begging on the streets as he had before. Instead, he followed Jesus on the road, and this is what we need to do when we become aware of God’s miracles in our lives.