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DG BookGospel: Mk 10:46-52
They came to Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus,
was sitting by the roadside. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth passing by, he began to call out, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!

” Many people scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said,
“Call him.” So they called the blind man saying, “Take heart. Get up, he is calling you.” He immediately threw aside his cloak, jumped up and went to Jesus.
Then Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Master, let me see again!” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has
made you well.” And immediately he could see, and he followed Jesus along the road.


Lectio Divina

READ: The beggar Bartimaeus begs Jesus‘ mercy in a loud voice upon knowing
that Jesus is passing by. Despite the irritation of the crowd, Jesus calls him and asks
what he wants. Without hesitation he asked for the gift of sight. Jesus responds
positively to his request and when he can see, he begins to follow Jesus.

REFLECT: Some opportunities come only once. We better grab it immediately
or it will vanish forever. This thought must have passed the mind of the blind man
Bartimaeus when Jesus passed by. He has only one chance of healing and he took
the chance without thought for social decorum or sense of shame. He called to Jesus
loudly. This sufficiently caught the attention of Jesus. He asked that Bartimaeus be
brought to Him so He can personally ask what is it that Bartimaeus wants. And the
blind man without hesitation made his request. It was respectful and full of trust.
It is not spoken in desperation or fear. It is a calm, humble request in good faith.
And Jesus did not disappoint. For those who have thought it over and know what
would make them happy and ask for it will get it. For what they want is what God
wants for them. Fullness of life is God’s greatest desire for each and every one of us.

RESPOND: Today, let us remember the blind people who shows extraordinary
courage in meeting the challenges of life headlong. Let us support their initiatives
to live dignified lives. Let us also pray for them. May their lack of sight not diminish
their capacity to live meaningful lives.


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