Lectionary Year B
October 26, 2003
Step II: Disposition
(JFC) This pericope reads like what happened at a first century Rest Stop on the then
highway from Jericho to Jerusalem. Vincent Taylor notices that ďthe details of the story make a good impression.Ē Jesus is leading the caravan on foot. He gets confronted by someone stationed along the route. His entourage gets impatient and wants to continue the trip. Jesus detours for meeting the manís admitted need. The needy man has some informants along the route who alert him to Jesusí appearance. He requests Jesusí ministry and does his part by being eagerly cooperative. The report of the dialogue and the effects of Jesusí works seem almost matter-of-fact. There is a bit of urgency in the editorial comment at the end of the lection. The event worked for good, undeniably and also even unquestionably.
B. Personal Interaction
(JFC) Our curiosity is prompted by the textís giving the blind manís name and his
fatherís name. Is he somebody? Who? Is the manís throwing off his garment of any significance? Did Jesus really need the man to tell Him what he needed? Did the manís faith really cure his blindness? Is his blindness physical and/or metaphysical?
(JFC) The blind manís name and his fatherís name are given in the lectionís first
verse, number 46. He discards his outer article of clothing in verse 50. Jesus asks blind Bartimaeus what he wants Him to do in the 51st verse. Blind Bartimaeusí faith cures him, according to Jesus, in verse 52. His blindness is mentioned in verses 46, 49, 51 and 52.
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