The Blind See

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Mark 10:46-52

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v. 47)

The ironies in Mark’s gospel are thick. Those who are supposed to see, to know who
Jesus is – his disciples, for example – are blind, while those who are blind, see.

Take Bartimaeus. A blind beggar sitting by a busy road in order to solicit money from
passersby, Bartimaeus hears that Jesus of Nazareth is coming and calls out to him: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

His use of the term “Son of David” indicates that he believes Jesus is the descendent of Israel’s greatest king – a thinly veiled way of saying Jesus is the Messiah who will usher in the longed-for restoration of Israel. Because he sees that Jesus is the Messiah, Bartimaeus truly believes that Jesus can help him.

When asked by Jesus what he wants, Bartimaeus asks for his sight back. Jesus replies as he often does: “Go, your faith has made you well.” Regaining his eyesight, Bartimaeus then becomes a follower of Jesus “on the way.” He becomes a fellow sojourner walking with Jesus on the path of compassion.

So we, too, are invited to follow Jesus. And to us, too, the question is asked: What do
we really want? Are we blind, or can we see?

PRAYER

Open our eyes, Lord Jesus, that we may truly see and follow you on the path of

compassion.