Bartimaeus was a nobody. He was blind, unemployed and poor, in a society where even one of those things would make you an outcast. When he shouted to Jesus people tried to shush him, important men like Jesus weren’t supposed to talk to lowly beggars like Bartimaeus.
But Jesus was listening for the voice at the back of the crowd. He heard Bartimaeus’s plea and he brought him from the margins right to the centre of the crowd. Jesus had plenty of other people to keep him busy, but always paid attention to the people at the fringes, the people that others had cast out. And so he healed the beggar Bartimaeus and made him one of his disciples.
Who is on the margins in our society? What does it mean to listen for the voice at the back of the crowd today?
Today’s Thought for the Day for Lent is from David