Today’s gospel selection reminds us that Mark remembered Jesus healed two blind men with different effects. The first blind man, unnamed, Jesus healed gradually. Mark recalled it this way:
Baptism makes us sharers in the priesthood of Jesus. Some live it as lay people, some as ordained. Either way, to share his priesthood means to be icons of Jesus’ paschal mystery. We can’t escaping the fact that our High Priest was a suffering messiah, and to replicate his pattern of living, suffering, dying and rising is to learn Jesus through a lifetime.2
- Ask the Trinity to enlighten you and bless your vision.
- Ask Bartimaeus to present you to Jesus.
- Chat with Jesus: thank him for your faith; then
- Ask Jesus to help you identify your cloak and give your strength to throw it aside for the freedom of faith to imitate the pattern of Jesus’ dying and rising.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. It is both example and power: Jesus’ example of living freely and faithfully; and our power to do the same as we follow him on his way.
- Mark 8.23-26.
- This is what the Greek of Hebrews 5.8 means: to learn is to suffer; to suffer for the sake of an education. This was a wisdom saying in the common domain of the Greek culture of the Mediterranean world into which Jesus was born: μαθειν, παθειν [MAh-thane, PAh-thane].