28 May 2015
You’d think Jesus would’ve seen Bartimaeus sitting there, or something. But he didn’t or, at least, he didn’t appear to be interested in Bartimaeus. Jesus was leaving Jericho and there were still people there who needed to be healed! I imagine Bartemaeus was maybe filled with hope when he realized it was Jesus passing by, and yet, maybe he was anxious, too, when he knew that Jesus was heading out of the city; he was going away.
And so he cried out, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me!” That’s all he had to do. He just had to call on Jesus by name and say he needed help. And Jesus was right there. Jesus is always right there. That’s one of the greatest gifts of the Ascension and Pentecost: Jesus is always right here. But the initiative to make the connection with him is up to us.
It takes faith to sit in our darkness, and yet, still believe that Jesus will hear and answer us. When there are senseless killings in the world, it takes faith to say: “Jesus, I still believe in you.” When others get us down, or when we get ourselves down, it takes faith to say, “Jesus, I believe in you. Help me.” When we doubt our faith, when we doubt our leaders, when we doubt our calling in life and the choices we’ve made, it takes great faith to sit there in our darkness, in our blindness, and say, “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Jesus opens our eyes and ears to see and hear his presence. He opens us to see what’s beyond the surface of everyday life. There’s the old saying: “In every cloud there’s a silver lining.” Well, Jesus helps us to see the silver lining . . . if we have faith enough to call on him . . . if we take the initiative.
Every now and again we may feel that Jesus is far away; that he’s left the city; that he’s making somebody else’s life brighter, but not mine. And it’s right then that we call out, “Jesus, son of the living God, have mercy on me! Jesus, come to me.” And he will. He will.