Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Oct. 24, 2021

Reflection for Oct. 24, 2021

Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!

Eight-word prayer may be Bartimaeus' gift to each of us 

by Sister Mary Kabat

Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 10:46-52,) we hear Bartimaeus calling out those words loudly to Jesus. Not once, but repeatedly. We don’t know much about Bartimaeus. We know he was blind. He was a roadside beggar, and he was dismissed by the crowd. We can assume he had heard about Jesus and his ability to cure. We can assume he believed Jesus could restore or give him sight for the first time. We see he isn’t going to be denied this chance for a cure, a new start, a new life.

Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!

Have you prayed the Bartimaeus prayer? As humans we have challenges, pain and sorrows – of body, mind and soul – beyond our ability to handle or change. We can feel like hopeless beggars on the roadside of life. That hopelessness can be compounded by a negative words or experiences with others. But there is One who wants only good for you and me -- Jesus. Let’s say our prayer loudly and often. Let’s hear Jesus calling us to come to him.  Yes, Jesus may not answer exactly as we hope, may not answer according to our timeline, and may encourage us to refine our prayer a bit. But don’t doubt that Jesus wants what is good for us, that he can bless us with peace, strength and a heart of love. And aren’t those the greatest gifts for life?

Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!

Have you prayed the Bartimaeus prayer? Are you praying it now? Would you like to pray it? Jesus will hear you above the noise within or without.


Debra Haven
10/22/2021 8:05 am

Thank You Sr. Mary Kabat. This is a good mantra/prayer for feeling overwhelmed with commitments.

It's reassuring above all the details/noise Jesus will hear us. With gratitude, Deb.

Claire Reising
10/22/2021 9:31 am

Thank you for these simple but powerful words you shared with us.

Many blessings.

Irene Whatley
10/22/2021 10:04 am

I love this little prayer, it is short and to the point. It can be said many times during the day.

Millie Hayes
10/22/2021 10:32 am

Thanks for the eye opener Sister Mary K. Sometimes we forget that there is a simple prayer that we can say throughout the day.

Allan Herrman
10/22/2021 5:44 pm

Agree with all comments

10/23/2021 12:38 pm

I have long felt that the prayer, "Lamb of God, you take away the sin/s of the world, have mercy on us," is the essence of the gospel and the heart-and-soul of the Mass.

Bartimaeus must have been familiar with the Psalms, as the Jewish community prayed these regularly. Both Psalm 51 ("Have mercy on me, O God, according to your lovingkindness: according to the multitude of your tender mercies ...") and 57 ("Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you I take refuge ...") are a plea for God's mercy. For Bartimaeus to have cried out to JESUS in this manner must have taken great courage and conviction, indeed. He was pretty much equating JESUS with God. How that must have stunned, startled, shocked, and amazed the onlookers! Including religious leaders!

Not only because he was addressing JESUS in this manner, but because, he, one among the worst of the social and religious outcasts, had the audacity to think that JESUS would pay attention or even consider listening to him, a "nobody."

If only we can have such courage and conviction today!

"LORD, JESUS, Son of the Living God ... Have Mercy on us; sinners all are we!"

"JESUS, Have Mercy ..."

"JESUS .... Mercy ..."

"JE ... SUS ...."

Father Bill Jacobs
10/24/2021 6:30 pm

Thanks so much for your Reflection, Sister!

I loved your closing lines... very challenging & very good.

Peace be with you & yours,

Father Bill

Sister Kay
10/25/2021 5:52 am

Thanks for the thought provoking message.

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