(The gospel writer Mark is speaking to us.)
Jesus told us to bring the blind beggar Bartimaeus to him. When we told Bartimaeus to get up, he left his cloak behind. I couldn’t believe my eyes. You see, a cloak is one of a beggar’s few possessions; indeed, it’s his most important one. Not only did the cloak provide cover on chilly days, but it was the means by which he collected his money. He would spread the garment in front of him, hoping that passers-by would drop in a coin or two. All the livelihood he had was what he could gather in that cloak. And yet, to get to Jesus, he left it behind!
Bartimaeus gave up everything he had so that he might stand with Jesus. And as he stood there, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The answer of Bartimaeus surprised and intrigued me. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what he said.
Lord, I wonder. In order to be with you, what are we willing to give up? Amen