The Gospel reading for today is from Mark, chapter 10, verses 46-52. I love this story, partly because I can so readily imagine it.
Jesus, after leaving Jericho with His followers and a large crowd, a blind man, Bartimeus, starts to call after Jesus. The crowd tries to shush him. But Bartimeus won’t be silenced. He continues to call for the Lord’s help. Finally, when Jesus hears Bartimeus’ call, He orders His disciples to bring Bartimeus to Him. “So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you”. Bartimeus threw aside his cloak, sprang up and came to Jesus”.
Imagine that. With joy and expectation, Bartimeus throws off his old life, everything that was keeping him in his present state, and runs to the Lord. Oh, that I could be like Bartimeus when Jesus calls!