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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gospel of the Day - with Commentary

Mark 10:46-52 ©

The Gospel of the Day – 2015.10.25 (Sunday)

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road. (NJB)

Jesus opens the eyes of the blind.

Is it possible that we can do this for our fellows, our sisters and brothers; for ourselves.

I do not believe that Jesus was ever able to suspend the laws of nature. This must be read by us as the curing of spiritual blindness. And while we must read the story this way, the narrative itself encourages us to a kind of spiritual blindness. This is not the fault of Jesus, but it is the fault of the Gospel writers, and every succeeding generation of Christians who came after.

The first false assumption the narrative encourages us toward is the notion that Jesus is the son of David. He was not. He was the son of Joseph. While Joseph is said to be in the lineage of David, that is unimportant, because Jesus is Joseph’s son, and the only reason to call him that is to put forward the notion that Jesus had some kind of Royal authority; he did not.

Jesus was not a king. He was a servant.

God is not a king. God is our parent.

We do not relate to Jesus, and God as subjects to a ruler, but as siblings to a brother, and child to mother and father.

The narrative should also encourage the reader to never subject themselves to any authority that pretends to control any form of mediation between the loving power of God, and God’s own children.

The disciples tried to block the man from approaching Jesus, and Jesus puts them aside.

Finally, remember this, because Christians have been encouraged to forget this for the past two thousand years; Jesus is addressed as rabbi, signifying his membership in the Pharisaic movement. He is a rabbi, a teacher in that tradition of Judaism that developed outside of Palestine in the post-exilic diaspora.

He was not a priest, he was a teacher, a scholar, and a commentator on the law.

~ My Commentary