Our statement to live by commencing 18th March is…..
I try to keep going when things are difficult and not give up hope.
In Jesus’ time there were many beggars who would hold out their hands to people passing by in the hopes that they would give them some money. Life was very difficult for poor and disabled people. They hoped that others would be generous so that they could have something to eat.
This reading tells the story of one such person.
Mark 10 v 46 -52
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar was sitting along the road.
Hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and say, “Son of David, Jesus, take pity on me!” And many people scolded him severely and told him to be silent. But he cried even louder, “Son of David, take pity on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him!” They called the blind man and said, “Be brave, and get up. He’s calling you!” Then he threw off his coat and leaped toward Jesus.
Jesus spoke to him and said, “What do you want for me to do for you?” The blind man said,”Rabbi, I would like to see!” And Jesus said, “Go, your faith has saved you. And he followed Jesus on his way
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.