Jesus said, “Go, your faith has healed you.”
At once he was able to see, and he began to follow Jesus on the way.
In the time of Jesus, blind persons wore a special coat that told others that they could not see. This meant that when they begged for money and food, they really deserved the help because of their blindness.
You can just image what it must have been like for the blind beggar Bartimaeus, to learn that Jesus was passing by. He became so excited, saying to himself: “Here’s my chance to be healed! Here comes Jesus, the one I’ve heard so much about, but whom I never had a chance to meet and beg for more than money or food. Now I can beg for my eyesight! He really got Jesus’ attention by yelling and screaming. People from the crowd tried to quiet him down, but he shouted all the louder.
What do you really want from Jesus—wanting it so much that you are willing to think of nothing else and are praying very hard for it? You don’t need to yell—you already have Jesus’s attention! Actually, Jesus knows your need even more than you do. So just go to Jesus and ask him about what you need. He’ll want to bring you clearer sight in your soul. The more you see things the way God sees them, the wiser and happier you will be.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
For You, all things possible v. 27
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the First Week in the season of Autumn/Kingdomtide, Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…