They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus 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, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man 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. Mark 10:46-52
The Blind See
A man without sight all his life
crying our along the dusty road
others passed right on by
but one was moved to kindness.
One heart moved to kindness
moved by the cries of need
we know the needy one as Bartimeus
he knew his healer as teacher, rabbi.
Every day we cross a road
pass by the cries of the world's offspring
we cling to our safety and chores
never to know the gift of kindness.
Let us linger this day on the road
regaining our sight and our hearing
today may we see the need around us
responding with kindness today.