The Gospel today tells of the encounter with Bartimaeus, who was blind. When Jesus calls him, he immediately comes to him. When Jesus asks him what he desires, he responds that he wants to see again. There is no specific gesture of healing on Jesus’ part. He simply declares “Your faith has healed you.” Bartimaeus regains his sight and follows Jesus. In other words, he has been called by Jesus and he responds with faith and becomes a disciple. Even though he had been physically blind, he could see with the eyes of faith. That is how Bartimaeus was able to see Jesus for who he was, and respond the way he did.
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