Today's Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Trust. Courage. Faith. Bartimaeus had all of those, didn’t he? And Jesus saw and knew and healed him. He wants to do the same for us. Heal us of whatever blindness we have in our life. But we must ask. When Bartimaeus approached Jesus, he asked for sight. He was very specific and spoke in the positive. His words are not “I don’t want to be blind,” but “I want to see.”
Sometimes I have a specific issue I bring to Jesus that I truly would like him to fix. But after reading this, maybe I am going about it the wrong way. Instead of asking to get rid of the problem, I should ask for the solution. Of course Jesus knows the solution before it’s articulated, but maybe it is in our articulation of the solution we learn something. I think Bartimaeus was onto something that may help us as we struggle in our own lives with problems that need to be fixed.
Do I pray with trust, courage, and faith that Jesus will help me?
Jesus, you gave sight to a blind man. I thank you for all you have given me in my life. I pray for trust, courage and faith so that when I come to you blind, you give me sight. Amen.
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Copyright 2015 Deanna Bartalini
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Deanna G. Bartalini, MEd, MPS, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. Her Bible study, invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, is published by Our Sunday Visitor. Her website, DeannaBartalini.com, is for the Every Day Catholic. There you can find Deanna’s writing, free webinars on Catholicism, her podcast and social media services, and invite her to speak to your group, in person or virtually.