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Worth The Risk

**Go; your faith has saved you** (Mark 10:52).
Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalms 126:1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

Sermon Topic Faith

Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:52

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The following true story appeared in a New York Times feature:

It happened to me the other day. As the subway train pulled out of Times Square on its way to Queens, two beggars appeared, one at each end of the car. Almost simultaneously, they started moving toward the center of the train, holding tin cups as they went.

The older man, who was blind, wore a sandwich-board that seemed to be covered with news stories of his unsuccessful attempts to get a seeing-eye dog. In a loud voice he lamented that he had once had a promising career in music, but now he was reduced to begging. As I listened, I could see that the other beggar, making his way silently between the poles, was a double amputee.

For some reason, the passengers were being unusually generous to this man. As I heard the sounds of the coins dropping into his cup, I wondered what would happen when the two men met in the center of the subway car.

As they approached each other, the man without legs deftly moved aside and, as they passed, he took a coin from the cup on his lap and dropped it in the blind man's cup. Whereupon, the blind man said, "Thank you! God bless you!"

In today's Gospel Lesson, the story of the blind man named Bartimaeus begs the question: What is blindness and who is really blind?

Jesus, followed by his close disciples and a large crowd, is walking past the blind beggar Bartimaeous who is sitting at the side of the road. When Bartimaeous hears that it is Jesus of Nazareth passing by, he says in a loud voice, "Son of David, Jesus have pity on me!" Many of the people with Jesus tell the blind beggar to keep quiet. But he shouts all the louder: "Son of David, have pity on me!" Then he jumps up, and he goes to Jesus. "What do you want Me to do for you?" Jesus asks. "Master, let me see again," says Bartimaeous. Jesus replies, "Go, your faith has saved you." And, "immediately," Mark tells us, [...]

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