“Your Faith has saved you”
God gives us the gift of our five senses:touch, taste, hearing, smell and sight. Often we take these for granted and give them little thought. Today we hear how a blind man called Bartimaeus, begs Jesus to take pity on him, and cure his blindness.
A blind person cannot see the candle flame flickering in the darkness, but they can feel the warmth of its glow. Jesus is the light of the world; we see him in people around us and feel the warmth of his love in their lives.
‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe’
Alleluia, Lord, we have faith.
You’re the faith that’s deep in us all.
Alleluia, Lord, we have faith,
deep within us all.
A reading from the Good News given to us by St Mark.
Glory to you, Lord.
One day, as Jesus and his disciple friends and a large crowd of people were leaving the city of Jericho, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, sat begging by the roadside. When he heard that Jesus was near, he began to call out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ Many people in the crowd told him to be quiet, but he called out even more loudly, ‘Son of David , have pity on me.’ Jesus stood still, and said,’Call the man come.’ They called the blind man , saying to him, ‘Be brave , get up, Jesus is calling you.’ Throwing off his cloak, Bartimaeus jumped up and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you? Blind Bartimaeus said to him, ‘Lord, that I might see.’ Jesus said, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.’ Immediately Bartimaeus could see and followed Jesus along the road.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
● Who was sitting by the roadside?
● What did Bartimaeus call out when he heard Jesus was passing by?
● What did the crowd tell Bartimaeus to do?
and did he keep quiet as he was told?
● Bartimaeus called even louder - Jesus stood still and called him to come to him.
● What did Bartimaeus do when he jumped up? and what did Jesus say to him?
● How did the story end?
What do we want Jesus to do for us? Bartimaeus had faith in Jesus. With faith let us ask Jesus for the help we need to follow him as Bartimaeus did.
We pray for the blind people everywhere
and for those who help care for them.
Thankyou for the gift of sight,
allowing us to see the beauty of your world.
Colour in the accompanying illustration and ‘spot the difference’. Which picture shows something unfair and which shows a possible solution? Draw the changes you would like to see in the world to make it a fairer place for all people to live.
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