Bartimaeus might have prayed in his heart: “Here I am, Lord, blind and useless. Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me! I feel your touch; it has been a long time, since anyone touched me so. Your touch is deep. I have been so frightened of myself, of the future, of the present. Yet now I am at peace. I see the light of day. I see much more because you touched me” (Mk 10).
The Gospel doesn’t say what happened to Bartimaeus in later life. It does say that he followed Jesus when he was healed. Likely he continued to follow him. Jesus had that effect on people.
Every day we are called to respond to Jesus’ healing love in much the way that the blind beggar did. It was obvious that he had to make a decision. Perhaps he thought, “Everything I really want is in this man. He made me feel a great peace. I don’t know how to thank him. I want to know a whole lot more about him. I want him to be my friend.”
I want you to be my friend, Lord. I need daily healing from my spiritual ills. Only you can make me whole and lead me through this day as my friend.