October 29, 2000

Mark 10:46-52

Jesus and his disciples went to Jericho. And as they were leaving, they were followed by a large crowd. A blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting beside the road. When he heard that it was Jesus from Nazareth, he shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" Many people told the man to stop, but he shouted even louder, "Son of David, have pity on me!"

Jesus stopped and said, "Call him over!"

They called out to the blind man and said, "Don't be afraid! Come on! he is calling for you." The man threw off his coat as he jumped up and ran to Jesus.

Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"

The blind man answered, "Master, I want to see!"

Jesus told him, "You may go. Your eyes are healed because of your faith."

Right away the man could see, and he went down the road with Jesus.


1. Presuming we all have a blind spot in our life, imagine Jesus walking by and your saying, "Have pity on me!" How would you feel putting those words in your mouth and having them come loudly forth?"

2. Presuming that we all are up to our necks in agendas, imaging you are Jesus walking by and one more voice cries out, "Have pity on me!" Would you stop and invite the uninvited into your time and space?

3. From these two differing sides comes a new picture of traveling together. How else do we get do go down the road together?

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