Mark 10:46-52 Reflection:
Today we have one of those gospel stories that a person could write a book about, but I have to go to work soon so I am limited to ten minutes. Seriously, there is so much in this reading, it is a beautiful example of the whole Christian message being summed up in one story. What always hits me is the gentleness and manners of Jesus.
Bartimeus is blind. He is sitting at the side of the road begging for food and money. There is no welfare from the government, if people don’t give, he dies; simple as that. Along comes Jesus and Bartimaeus sees his one chance of healing. He is not going to miss it and the more the disciples tell him to shut up the more Bartimaeus shouts. No one is stopping him getting talking to Jesus.
Eventually the disciples give in and Jesus calls the man over. Now you and I would have a good idea as to what the man wants, but Jesus takes nothing on presumption and asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”
In these words we see the absolute humility of Christ, the unassuming gentleness of Jesus, the love that waits for the beggar to speak. If we learn nothing else about Jesus in this life other than the gentleness with which he spoke to Bartimaeus then we will have learned a lot.
Jesus is forever asking, he is never presumptuous. When we meet him face to face he will not shout and roar, we will simply realize how humble he is and we will want to tell him our life story. Why should we fear so gentle a God?