Catholic Courier

Posted: October 23, 2012

A blind man asks Jesus to restore his sight

By Joe Sarnicola

James and John had asked Jesus if they could sit on either side of Jesus after they had all entered into glory. Jesus said that privilege was reserved for those chosen by his father. “The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” The other apostles were angry that James and John had made such a selfish request of Jesus.

Jesus reminded his friends that earthly rulers sometimes abuse the power and authority they have over their people. “But it shall not be so among you,“ he said to them. “Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Later, after spending a short time in Jericho, Jesus left, accompanied by his apostles and followed by a large group of people. On the side of the road a blind man was begging. His name was Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus. He could not see, but he could hear, and he knew that many people were traveling on the road at the same time.

When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was in that crowd, he called out in a loud voice and said, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” When some of the people in the crowd heard Bartimaeus, they told him to be quite and not to bother Jesus.

But Bartimaeus did not stop. He called out to Jesus again. “Son of David, have pity on me.”

Jesus heard Bartimaeus and said to his apostles, “Call him.”

The apostles went over to Bartimaeus and said to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” Immediately Bartimaeus stood up, and made his way through the crowd and over to Jesus.

When Jesus saw him he said, “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Master, I want to see.”

Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” From that instant, Bartimaeus could see, and he joined the crowd that was following Jesus.

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Mark 10

Q&A
1. What did James and John ask Jesus to do?
2. What did Jesus say saved Bartimaeus?