Our LordMyChefSundayMusic is for all the Bartimaeus shouting and longing for love and attention. Today’s gospel tells us the story of the blind Bartimaeus who was a beggar at the roadside of Jericho. When he heard Jesus passing by, he began to cry out to Him, saying“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, called him and eventually healed him. He then followed Jesus to Jerusalem.
The story of Bartimaeus happens daily in our lives, in our modern Jericho when we are blinded by so many things that we forget the people around us who merely want to be loved and cared for, asking for just a little attention or smile from us. Listening closely to the sad but warm melody of Carole King’s “So Far Away” we also find the same situation of Bartimaeus: the emotional distance between lovers, among people that is more painful than physical distance. Like Bartimaeus, we sometimes feel to be so near yet so far from others because they refuse to “see” us as another person.
This Sunday Jesus is assuring us that unlike most lovers or people in general, He is never far away from us for He always comes to stop by our side to comfort us with our afflictions including our many blindness that prevent us from seeing the more essential things in life like love, kindness, and simple joys of being alive. Be a Jesus to the many Bartimaeus around, especially those nearest to us at home or the family.
So far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place any more?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
It doesn’t help to know you’re just time away
Long ago I reached for you and there you stood
Holding you again could only do me good
Oh how I wish I could but you’re so far away
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