Prayer of the Day
Thirtieth Sunday of the YearOctober 25th, 2015
In today’s Gospel, we meet a blind beggar who is determined to gain the gift of sight. Bartimaeus has heard about Jesus, and is desperate to meet him, so when he find out the route along which Jesus will be leaving town, he positioned himself strategically by the side of the road. As Jesus passes along, Bartimaeus cries out as loud as he can; “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” He stops and asks the bystanders to bring the man to him. When Jesus asks him that most crucial question; “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus answers; “To see again.” The wonderful thing about him is his faith in Jesus. As Christians, we are called to see Jesus as Bartimaeus did. Whatever it is that weighs us down, stressed by the pressures of work, broken by disappointment, Jesus invites us to come to him and place our needs before him. He will relieve our suffering with his healing blessing, as he relieved the suffering of Bartimaeus by the side of the Jericho road.
Compassionate Father, may we be among those whose faith is demonstrated by a willingness to call out for healing and mercy. Amen