As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
– Mark 10: 46-52
How often do we fail to be like the blind man in today’s Gospel? I fail all the time. I am constantly begging for things, crying out to the Lord, hoping He will help me in my destress and difficulties. Jesus is calling us to take courage and get up! What do I do? I continue to wonder why I don’t get everything I want, have circumstances pan out as I would like them to etc. What are we suppose to do? Get up and come to Jesus. When I don’t feel like reading scripture, I need to sit down and take the time to “come to Jesus.” When I don’t feel like reacting to a situation with love and kindness, I need to “come to Jesus” and make my actions reflect His commands. When we begin to do this, instead of running away, getting comfortable in our “blind and begging” state, we need to have faith and trust that when we have the courage to get up, keep going, and take action, Jesus will carry us through. Our faith will save us and like the blind man, we will be able to see again.
Come to Jesus. Trust in Him. Have faith. He is calling you.