Receptive hearts—and the touch of the Christ

As I began to study the Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly for one particular week, I found it included the story of the healing of Bartimæus, a blind beggar (see Mark 10:46–52). I began to think deeply about that man’s desire to be healed and his encounter with Christ Jesus on the road from Jericho. The question came to thought: “How does this story from about 2,000 years ago relate to people seeking spiritual healing today? Is it relevant?” 

Although I had read this account many times, this time three simple words stood out to me: “He calleth thee” (verse 49). Imagine the anticipation of knowing that something wonderful is about to happen to you. A life-changing experience. These words carry that promise and its fulfillment. It is the response that Bartimæus heard as he cried out to Jesus in hopes of being healed. 

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