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I can see!

Mark|10:46  And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jerichowith his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, theson of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.  Mark|10:47  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he beganto cry out, and say, Jesus, [thou] son of David, have mercy on me.  Mark|10:48  And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, [Thou] son of David, have mercy on me.  Mark|10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.  Mark|10:50  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  Mark|10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou thatI should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.  Mark|10:52  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath madethee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus inthe way.Jesus is going up to Jerusalem to die for the sins of the world. Up to this point in Mark His divine ministry has been a secret. Few are allowed to tell the truth they discover: Jesus is the Christ the son of the Living God. Now this secret will be revealed on the Cross for all to see.Oddly, the message will now be proclaimed openly, but the work will be hidden. The cross itself will proclaim the truth that Jesus is King of the Jews. However, the works of healing will cease. This is the last one recorded in the gospel of Mark. Jesus will now do a work that will appear to be defeat. He will suffer and will die. His divine words will proclaim the reality, but it will be hard for men to see. We are blind to the truth when it does not fit our immediate experience. Only a few could hear the truth prior to Jerusalem, but everyone could see it. Despite the open miracles of his ministry few could understand what they meant. Now everyone will hear the truth, but few will be able to see it. Humanity, all of us, is deaf and blind to the truth.Why? First, we do not recognize that we are blind. Unlike blind Bartimaeus we do not know our condition. We think we see and we do not. This is especially true of those followers of that other Timaeus, the self-proclaimed philosophers! Often we will not allow ourselves to be healed of our blindness because religious and philosophical systems keep us from knowing our true condition. We are blind, but will not admit it. Worst of all in our post-modern age, some of us recognize our blindness, but are proud of it. We proclaim our blindness as a great truth. We doubt our knowledge and delight in our doubts. If it is hard for some to admit that they are blind in order to receive healing for some philosophers it is harder to admit that their much cherished blindness is a disease that should be healed. They love the journey so much that they never want to reach the vacation destination!  Our second problem is that we are too easily deterred from the Way. We sit beside the Way. We long in our hearts to follow the Truth where it leads, but our blindness keeps us from moving. This was true of poor Bartimaeus, but he did not fall into despair as I too often do. He called out in hope to Jesus. He had heard of His mighty works, though he had not seen them. Hearing Bartimaeus believed. When some disciple or a crowd tried to keep Jesus away, this blind man did not give up. He did not care that the crowd was indifferent to his plight. He did not mind mocking.Today I have the chance to talk to the King of the Universe. I can bow before Him and worship. I can receive healing and hope. Will I be deterred by the press of business? Will the crowd of media sent by Satan keep me from reading the Word of God? Will the mocking of the cynical keep me from asking for the daily miracle I need?God forbid! Instead, in faith I cry out to Jesus, “Son of David! Heal me.” Here the blind man is wiser than the leaders of the people, the wise of that age. They could not see that the Son of David could come, but hope had taught Bartimaeus the truth and so he was healed. Healed! Now he could walk in the Way with Jesus!What greater gift is there than that? We do not receive our sight so that we can be better beggars. We receive our sight so that we can walk with the King! We can follow divine Truth, the Logos of God, to the Heavenly City of the New Jerusalem. I hope today you will cry out with me the prayer that is always heard. It is the prayer of the blind man with the new knowledge gained on the other side of the Cross. “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!”

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