In today’s Gospel, Mark 10: 46-52, Jesus leaves Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd. Along the roadside, He meets a blind man begging. As the blind man hears that Jesus is passing by, he shouts: “Jesus, son of David have pity on me.” The crowd attempts to silence the man. We can imagine the crowd shouting: “Keep still. Don’t bother Jesus. Who do you think you are wanting such and such?”
Crowds might not be shouting at you as you attempt to approach Jesus or to do what the Lord is urging you to do: take care of yourself, take responsibility for your blindness, seek the help you need, take steps to secure the job you want, the career to which you aspire, or, yes, the vocation to which you feel called. Sometimes it only takes one person to discourage us from doing what it is we need to do. Who are you allowing to control your life, to stop you from making the decision you know you need to make?
Bartimaeus ignores the crowd and continues making his need known to Jesus. I encourage you to go to Jesus and ask for what it is you need so as to realize your deepest longings! Let Jesus booster your faith in the power within you to get your needs met!