St. Philip Neri
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, he is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way (Mark 10: 46-52).
Bartimaeus is a wonderful example for us. He knew what he wanted: He wanted to talk with Jesus and he would not let anyone stand in his way. Why are we so afraid to let others know that we love God? That Jesus is our best Friend? Jesus is your Friend. Go to Him like Bartimaeus.
Jesus, I want to see as well. Please cure me of my spiritual blindness and my fears.
Impact Sports: What have I done to promote service on the team?
Impact Life: When was the last time I served my family quietly with no one knowing about it?