Jesus and his disciples went to Jericho. And as they were leaving, they were followed by a large crowd. A blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting beside the road. When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him over!” They called out to the blind man and said, “Don’t be afraid! Come on! He is calling for you.” The man threw off his coat as he jumped up and ran to Jesus. Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man answered, “Master, I want to see!” Jesus told him, “You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith.” Right away the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.
Time and time again throughout the gospels, we read of Jesus’ compassion for people. Here, on his way to Jerusalem with his disciples the day is interrupted by the urgent cries of a blind man. Jesus stopped because he loved. Because we also are loved by him, we can engage with a hurting and lonely world. We are called to roll up our sleeves and be the hands and feet of God – that we might be like Christ in our homes, our communities and our world.
Allow your day to be interrupted by the needs of others. Be compassionate, caring, and considerate – don’t allow your own importance or ego to prevent you from showing love to others.
‘Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.’ (Mother Teresa)
Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you. I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you. I know and trust that this is the road to freedom. Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend. Amen. (Henri Nouwen)