(The gospel writer Mark is speaking to us.)
We were traveling with Jesus on the way to Jerusalem. As we walked along, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus was sitting by the side of the road. When he heard that Jesus was going by, he began shouting over and over, “Have mercy! Mercy! Have mercy!”
Those of us with Jesus were annoyed by Bartimaeus. So we told him to be quiet. We wanted him to stay in his place, and the proper place for a blind beggar was to stay silent and out of the way.
Bartimaeus ignored us; he refused to be silenced. He continued to cry out, “Son of David have mercy on me.” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” Reluctantly we said, “Bartimaeus, get up; he is calling you.”
As Bartimaeus jumped to his feet, he did something I’ll never forget. I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.
Lord, teach us to hear the voices of others. Amen.