Bartimaeus was a blind beggar. When Jesus and his followers were passing through Jericho, he could be heard saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.” Nothing could keep him from shouting out. He could be heard above the crowd. People in the crowd tried to stop him, but he was persistent. Jesus heard him and invited him to come forward asking him what he wanted. Bartimaeus indicated that he wanted to see. Jesus complimented his faith and healed him. He could now see and followed Jesus toward Jerusalem where Jesus would encounter his passion, death and resurrection.
How persistent are we in prayer? Might we not pray the Jesus prayer that Bartimaeus said in our daily life as we go about doing our tasks? We can repeat this prayer often during the day. Might it not help us to see more clearly? Sometimes spiritual blindness keeps us from living as authentic disciples of Jesus. If we are persistent in prayer, we will see more easily what we are to do to build the Kingdom of God.