The Prayer of Bartimaeus

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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!

Many 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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