This morning’s Gospel Text from St. Mark Chapter 10 tells the story of blind Bartimaeus’ encounter with Jesus:

46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

ST. mark 10:46-52, rsv

The man known to us as Blind Bartimaeus was the beggar by the side of a road where Jesus and His entourage traveled one day. When he learned that it was Jesus passing by, Bartimaeus cried out to the Son of David to have mercy on him.

Focusing our attentions on v. 48, we note that “the many” told Bartimaeus to keep his mouth shut. Bartimaeus refused.

Who was this Bar-Timaeus? Nothing is known of him apart from this instance of Jesus’ healing. In his “Harmony of the Gospels”, St. Augustine suggests that he may have been the son (Bar-) of some nobleman or dignitary named Timaeus as his given name is not mentioned. The implication is that he had somehow transgressed and had fallen from elitist graces.

We have no idea about who “the many” were. But the above offers insight as to a possible reason for their rebukes. In the view of the many, this beggar had no business begging beyond his station, namely rock-bottom.

The Word Incarnate on the contrary did not share their view of the blind man. So He overrode their veto and said, “Call him”. They changed their tune on the spot.

While pondering the attempt of the mob to stifle him, the partially anonymous Bar-Timaeus took on for me parallels of contemporary attempts to stifle We the People. In the view of the Merrick Garlands and sundry School Board associations, the masses are to be viewed as beggarly of their governmental superiors and the expert elites who have the might and therefore make the right. This ancient ‘cancel culture’ desires only to keep him blind, to insure that even given his desperation he may not only ‘see’ God and be healed but also to drive home the point that they are indeed to be viewed as the medium of salvation.

In a time when almost anyone from Trump sympathizers in the military to the beleaguered yet blessed parents of our children are to be branded as “domestic terrorists”, we do well to beg of the Risen Savior while quite vocally demanding of the “many” that they insure and affirm the rights given by the One “through Whom all things were made…” In doing so we demonstrate to our wannabee overlords that they are not God, and that we “see” clearly through the call of our God that We the People refuse the tyrannies of any worldly entity whose evil end game is the desire for our souls!

Blessings to every lover of liberty,

Father David+


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