As Jesus was leaving Jericho/the moon with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” Many rebuked him, telling him ‘Shut up!’ He kept calling out, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
They called the blind man, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus replied, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52
Jesus walks in a desolate place. Jericho, in Hebrew, literally means the moon. Bar Timaeus is Aramaic for, “Son of simplicity and innocence.” In Greek, it means, “Son of Value.” He calls to Bar David, or Son of the Beloved, which is to say, to the beloved Son of God.
The Latin Vulgate reads: 10: 49 Et stans Jesus praecepit illum vocari. Et vocant caecum dicentes ei : Animaequior esto : surge vocat te.” “Jesus stands/stops, and says, call him, literally, give him a vocation. They call/vocation the blind man and tell him, be favorably animate. Go, he calls you.”
Another important word to understand in this passage is “Faith,” the Aramaic of which is Ameth. “A,” is the first letter of the Aramaic alphabet and stands for leadership. “M,” is the middle letter and stands for water, the tops of the “M,” stand for waves. The “T,” is the last letter and is in the shape of a cross. It stands for Jesus’ crucifixion, and for the end, of the alphabet and of time. The Alpha and the Omega is the Greek version of the Hebrew, “Ameth,” which is faith. The Aramaic word for “saved,” is “Jesus.” Faith also stands for the great mystery of the Christian faith, and of the great mysteries of our world.
So, Jesus calls the Son of simplicity, or of value. This man calls to the Son of the Beloved, “I am a Son of Value.” He tells Jesus how he wants to see. Seeing involves a two-fold sense. There is the physical seeing, the seeing in general, the use of our eyes. Then there is the seeing of Ameth, the seeing of faith. This is the seeing of vocation, the seeing of our proper end, and the fourth of Aristotle’s causes.
Jesus tells the young man, “Your faith saves you.” The blind man sees with an eyesight not available to the crowd, the great mass of people of yesterday and today. He sees the great mystery of our world, the one the Great Breath/the Holy Spirit leads, and he sees the Holy Spirit leading it. Because of this, Jesus gives this “Blind Man” a vocation, passing on what he sees to others. If we are to follow the way of this blind man we must first throw aside our cloaks, the things blinding us to this inner world of faith. This is our wealth, our possessions. We must come to Jesus just as we are, without one plea. We must leave with a calling. Are we up to the task?