|St Alban’s Episcopal Church |
Saturday, October 23, 2021
“Son of David…”Mark 10:46-52
The Gospel for Sunday
October 24, 2021
|Mark 10:46-52 Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus (which means the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! “Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me! “Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here .”And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you. “So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “My teacher let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.Some things to ponder before tomorrow|
Why might the man only be called by his relationship to his father? What does it suggest that he calls Jesus, “Son of David?
Why does the crowd try to shut him up? Might there be more than one reason? What drives him to ignore them?
Why do you suppose Jesus tells the crowd to call the man? Why is he so ready to “throw off his cloak?” What if it gets trampled underfoot?
What “faith” has made him well? Why doesn’t he “go” – but “followed Jesus on the way?”
If you were preaching tomorrow, what would you say? When you read this story to your children, what will you want them to understand?