We see Jesus performing a small act with huge consequences as he and his disciples move through Jericho. By now Jesus’ reputation has grown, and he is highly sought-after. In this scene (see Mark 10), he is surrounded by a huge crowd. In the midst of the cacophony, a desperate Bartimaeus cries out. He is blind; and, in that time and culture, he has no way of supporting himself or his family. He desperately wants his situation to change. Yet when he cries out for help, there is a popular attempt to intimidate him and leave him in his present condition. Fortunately for Bartimaeus, Jesus hears and pays attention. Jesus invites him to draw nearer and asks about his need. With a trusting heart, Bartimaeus shares his deepest concern—and he is set free from his blindness. Jesus gives him new life.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.
—Mark 10:48-50 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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