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Who are the characters in the New Testament stories that are blind to Jesus?

Jesus often complained that the disciples, who had been with him on the road, eaten meals with him on an almost daily basis and sat and chatted at night, as well as hearing him preach and teach, in addition to getting special and detailed instruction from him, still continually failed to understand who he was and what his message was really saying.

So how could they be so blind?

Obviously, they had their own ideas of what a Messiah should be and Jesus did not always fit the bill.

They still wished to ask for personal favours, as we have seen in the readings over the past two Sundays. They argued over who is the greatest and who could sit in the places of honour at his right and left hands.

The blind man in the story in today’s gospel reading, Bartimaeus, recognises Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus asks what he can do for him. When he received a healing from Jesus, he faithfully followed him, without wishing for or asking for anything other than to be a disciple.

This prompts the question, where do we fit in? Do we recognise Jesus as the Messiah, our saviour? Are we faithful disciples, who
listen to what he says by reading and meditating on the scriptures, or do we have our own ideas of what God should be doing, and end up not wishing to be a disciple, but wanting Jesus to be our disciple?

Bartimaeus gave up all he had to follow Jesus. He was not afraid to call out and ask Jesus to help him. Are we willing to identify publicly as Christians, to follow Jesus by serving others, especially the poor? Lord, help me see!

Today, we could meditate on the words of the response in the psalm. “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.” Consider the great things God has done for humanity, our country, our town, our family and ourselves.

Only in silence can the word find a home in us, as it did in Mary, the mother of God and woman of the word and, woman of silence.

Despite the many hints and explanations given by Jesus about what would happen to him and why he had to suffer death and humiliation, when the time came the disciples could not understand anything about what was going on.

Faith admits us to secrets, including the secrets of death.

Basil Cardinal Hume, from London, reflected, “Death is not the end of the road, but a gateway to a better place. It is in this place that our noblest aspirations will be realised. It is here that we will understand how our experiences of goodness, love, beauty and joy are realities, which exist perfectly in God. It is in heaven that we shall rest in him and our hearts will be restless until they rest in God” (The Meaning of the Cross).

Diocese of Sandhurst Bulletin