Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Philip Neri, PriestMay 26th, 2016
The healing of the blind man in today’s Gospel is the last of the healing stories in Mark’s Gospel. It happens when Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho on the last stage of their journey to Jerusalem. Bartimaeus, a blind man is begging outside the town gate. As Jesus walks along the blind man senses that something unusual is happening. He is told that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. He must have already heard about the miracles of Jesus so he shouted out: ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.” Son of David is a messianic title so this physically blind man was spiritually aware of who Jesus was. People told him to be silent and tried to stop him getting to Jesus. Instead of silencing the man Jesus told them to ‘call him’ and they called him saying: ‘Courage, rise up, he is calling you.’ The man is being called to discipleship. Responding to the call Bartimaeus left his cloak, symbol of everything he possessed to follow Jesus ‘on the way.’ Jesus asked the man what he wanted of him. The man asked for the recovery of his sight. Jesus said: Go your way; your faith has saved you.” The man’s faith is his absolute confidence in God’s power to do the impossible things through Jesus.
Lord Jesus help us to recognise our blindness and surrender to the guidance of your Spirit. Amen