Written by: Thomas Mooney

     We need to be more like Bartimaeus. It is tempting, when we believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-good God, to sit back and expect the Lord to cater to our needs while we sit in waiting. In our lives, it is very tempting for us to become over expectant of the Lord to fill our needs. However, as a priest told me this last summer, if we want something from the Lord, we should ask. In the Gospel today, Bartimaeus was a man stricken with blindness. Jesus did not walk up to Bartimaeus and heal him immediately. No, Jesus granted Bartimaeus the opportunity to act in faith and in love through his calling upon our Lord and asking for healing. Because of this, we get the verse from Jesus: “Go your way; your faith has saved you.