Saturday, March 24 — Way — Mark 10:46-52

“Immediately, he regained his sight and followed him on the way.” 

    Bartimaeus, like many others, heard the chatter surrounding Jesus and his followers. Word of their impending arrival would precede them because of their reputations. You can imagine Bartimaeus sitting out on the curb waiting for Jesus’ arrival. Although he couldn’t see, Bartimaeus could sense the excitement. He knew of Jesus’ reputation as a healer and could feel the excitement brewing inside of him that maybe — just maybe — Jesus’ touch would be the thing that would finally open his eyes. 
    When he heard Jesus and the disciples passing by, Bartimaeus yelled, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” As in our time, many people in Bartimaeus’ time turned a blind eye to the beggars among them. That is until they start crying out. Bartimaeus cried out and people tried to silence him. Jesus noticed and called Bartimaeus to him, asking Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus obviously seeks to see again. Jesus heals him and Bartimaeus follows him on The Way. 
    When we are following Jesus on The Way, our eyes are opened in a different way. We, like Bartimaeus, begin seeing in a way that we’ve never seen before. We begin to see those who are begging to be healed among us. We begin to see the people who surround us as the  Children of God they truly are, rather than whatever labels the world gives them. 
    The longer we are on The Way, the further from our new sight we get. Our eyes age and lose the new vision they were given when we began this journey. We begin only to be able to love those who are like us and lose sight of the ability to find God in our enemies and in our neighbors who are different from us. We lose sight of the things that are most important to God, settling for mediocre things that are good but not great. As we continue on The Way, journeying through Holy Week and beyond, it is important to consider whether we need our sight to be restored. Are you truly seeing with the eyes of Jesus? As you are following Jesus on The Way, have you lost your vision for the people Jesus has called you to love? How can your vision be restored? 

Loving God, you look at the world and see your children. Your vision for the world is incredible, challenging us to take it on as well. Although we often fall short, we pray that you would give us your eyes with which to see the world, your heart with which we can love the world, and your hands with which we can touch the world. Amen.