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__October 21, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 -- Commentary-- End of the journey: The blind man at Jericho Gospel commentary for Sunday, Oct. 23, Thirtieth Sun- day, Ordinary Time, Cycle B, Mark 10:46.52. According to three of our gospels, Mark, Matthew, and Luke, Jesus spent the greater part of his public ministry in Galilee. For all three of these gospels his public ministry seems to last only one year, a rather unlikely scenario. But such is the framework which Mark used in his gospel and Luke and Matthew both adopted this By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST framework of a one-year ministry. The Gospel of John seems to use a three-year framework for the ministry of Jesus. In the Gospel of Mark Jesus came to the end of his ministry in Galilee at the end of chapter nine. Mark begins chapter ten with this statement: "He left there and went to the region of Judea and be- Yond the Jordan." Thus Jesus is said to have crossed the Jordan from Galilee in northern Pales- tine to the area east of the Jordan sometimes called 7ransjrdan. " From there he headed south to oUctea, thus avoiding a trip through Samaria. This Was the Usual route of Jewish pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem in Judea Relations between Jews and Samaritans were strained and it was easier to go the longer and less mountainous route east of the Jordan, the- When Jesus and Company got farther south Y re-crossed the Jordan into Judea. The first n:J.cr city they would enter was the city of palms, cno. It ]s here that Mark places today's gospel reading. As Jesus was leaving Jericho a blind beg- gar named Bartimaeus was sit- ting by the roadside. When he heard Jesus passing he cried out: "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" The crowd told him to keep quiet but he kept on shout- ing. Jesus called the man over to himself. The blind man threw off his coat, leaped up, and came to Jesus. Encouraged by Jesus he asked: "Master, that I may see." Jesus dismissed him with the words: "Your faith has made you well." He received his sight and followed Jesus. The question we must ask is this: why did Mark place this story at this partic- ular point? In Mark's theological point of view Jesus had been rejected by the religious estab- lishment. In turn he had warned his disciples against the teaching of the religious establish- ment. The disciples, as usual in Mark, did not un- derstand what he was talking about. Then Jesus cures the first blind man as if to say, the blind see but those who think they see, i.e. his disciples, re- main blind. Then Mark inserts three stories which always end with Jesus predicting his suf- fering, death, and resurrection in Jerusalem. This is the Marcan Jesus' intensive course to educate the disciples to understand his mission Their neg- ative reaction to all three stories or episodes demonstrates that they still understand nothing. Then Jesus cures a second blind man. The blind man had faith without seeing, while the disciples who had sight had no faith. Mark, however, is not concerned so much with talking about the disciples of Jesus' time. His concern is with the disciples of Jesus at the time when the gospel was written, some forty years after the death of Jesus. The point that Jesus' disciples never grasped was that Jesus attained glory only through suffering and death. Mark tells this story to give a theological reason to his community that had undergone a terrible persecution. Many were put to death for being Christian. Many would not have un- derstood why this happened to them. Mark points out that Jesus himself taught that he and they had to undergo the cross to come to glory. He wants them to see themselves in the blind men who pro- fessed faith in Jesus and received their sight. In other words Mark says: "If you have faith, you will understand what happened to you." The same message comes to us from today's story. Most of us do not have to undergo martyrdom in the sense of losing our life for being Christian. All of us, however, undergo some kind of suffering. This suffering may be inflicted upon us by others as was the case with Mark's Jesus and the persecuted Christians of Mark's Church at Rome. Other suffer- ing is inflicted upon us by ourselves as we weaken in the face of temptation and have to bear the conse- quences of our sins. Still other suffering is caused by chronic poverty, sickness, loss of friends and family through death. In all of these Mark would ask us to see ourselves not in the disciples who would not un- derstand, but in the blind nmn who, despite his handicap, shouted: "That I may see!" We await the assuring words of Jesus: "Go your way. Your faith has made you well." That wellness may not be a physical cure, but rather an understanding that the Christian who cannot escape suffering is in union with and in step with Jesus. 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