October 25, 2015
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling, IL
We continue today with the final reading from the tenth chapter of the gospel of Mark. The central figure in the reading is a blind man. He cannot see, but he has a vision of being healed, and is willing to cry out for mercy to Jesus. The folk around want him to be quiet, but he won’t keep quiet. It is Bartimaeus’ initiative that opens the story, and Jesus respects him in this: “What do you want me to do for you?” he asks.
Bartimaeus: Reader’s Theater on Mark 10:46-52
Narrator: They came to Jericho.
People: Sound effects – crowd noises, a busy roadway, talking, horses, murmuring
Narrator: As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say,
Bart: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Narrator: Many sternly ordered him to be quiet