Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)
The Reading for Today: Mark 10:23-52
That Jesus could predict his passion and not protect himself from it, means he is in charge of what is coming. He goes to Jerusalem to be offered as the Paschal Lamb. He came to earth for this. The forces are mounting against the Lord.
Just before the entry in triumph into Jerusalem, there is one last miracle. The man’s name is Bartimaeus. He is blind. In those days, the blind wore a special garment as an indicator to passersby that the person could not see, thus needing alms. As a sign of his total surrender to the Lord, Bartimaeus throws away the protective cloak. Jesus is everything to him.
Throw off what you often use for your own self-defense and put on Jesus alone.
The Reading for Today
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Fridays from now until Advent are dedicated to the Gospel of Mark,in this season, chapters 10 to 16.