Those words could very well be our cry for clarity in the way we “see” the world around us...these words may well be the exclamation of our deep desire to live more fully in Christ and to see as Jesus saw.
We want to believe more, we want to see more...but we are hindered by our individual and collective blindness and it can hold us back from following Christ with complete and utter abandon. The Word we hear today is meant to stir us in our discipleship, to rouse our “Gospel sight” that we might see the world as God sees it.... that we might have our blindness removed and truly see the poor and marginalized as our sisters and brothers and reach out to them. That our Gospel sight roused, we might see clearly the systemic injustices in our society; the scourge of systemic racism and bigotry towards all those who are other than me. That we might see the injustice of our broken immigration system that separates families and denies asylum to those honestly seeking a safe home, a place to live without the constant threat of death. That we might see how misogyny holds back our mothers, our sisters and our daughters and cheats our country of the richness of the gifts they have to share with the world.
Let us pray for “Gospel eyes” that help us “to see” solutions to war and global and local poverty, solutions for the hunger and suffering of migrants and refugees sojourning around the globe searching for freedom and justice...searching for a home. Let us pray to work for and “to see” solutions to all that divides our nation that we might live in peace and harmony, seeing each “other” as equals, as sister and brother, as God see us! In the midst of all the suffering, hurt and pain in our country and our world today let us, like blind Bartimaeus cry out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us and let us see a way forward to build up your Reign here on earth!