The Prayer of Bartimaeus

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Atheists (allegedly) believe that there is no God. I’ve never been able to get my arms around that notion. Just look around at creation! That’s what Sirach does in the first reading today. “The universe lives and abides forever; to meet each need, each creature is preserved. All of them differ, one from another, yet none of them has he made in vain, for each in turn, as it come, is good; can one ever see enough of their splendor?”

Our Gospel reading today from Mark 10 is about Bartimaeus, a blind beggar that wanted Jesus to restore his sight. He tells Jesus what he wants, and Jesus gives him his sight because of his faith. When Bartimaeus found out that Jesus was in the vicinity, he began shouting to get his attention. What he shouted has always stuck with me. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” What a beautiful prayer!

A few years ago, I had a near-death experience during a medical procedure. As I thought I was slipping away, I remember having an overwhelming sense of peace. All I could do was repeat Bartimaeus’ words. Ex-post facto, I was really amazed by this. I always thought that I would panic when faced with my demise. But this wonderful prayer by a blind beggar saw me through, and continues to see me through difficult times in life. Whether it’s loss, illness or sin, this little prayer works wonders for me! Give it a shot!

Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me! Amen.

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