“Jesus stood still.”
That simple sentence can be found in the story of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). I was reading about this Gospel story in Fr. James Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage. In Father’s book he mentions how a nun was deeply moved by that simple sentence and explains why.
After Bartimaeus calls to Jesus a second time “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” Bartimaeus’ words acknowledged who Jesus truly was.
Haven’t we all done this? Haven’t we all stopped in our tracks and stood in astonishment at something that was said? I do it all the time at work either because someone has said something profound, hilarious or … stupid.
In our busy life though, how often do we “stand still?” We get up early to exercise, we go to work, we shop, we cook, we try to take care of ourselves and our families. Jesus did the same if you think about it. He went from town to town, doing what he knew he was called to do, but he still found the time to stop, to stand still, to acknowledge someone’s words and to pray.
I’m going on vacation later on this afternoon for a few days. It’s going to be hectic and fun, but I’m going to remember to stand still every now and then.
When was the last time you stood still?
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