The Blind Beggar
- In your quest for healing, what keeps bubbling in you right now that craves voice and a platform to be heard?
- If you feel “impaired” or suppressed/ignored due to your identity and dignity as an LGBT person or ally, how do you measure your own beauty and strength?
- In your journey as an LGBT person or ally, do you feel stuck in old ways of seeing other people? Who might God be trying to help you see, or listen to, differently?
- When he is called to Jesus, the blind beggar throws off his cloak. What possessions, attitudes or beliefs might you need to discard to achieve newness or wholeness?
- Bartimaeus’ faith heals his blindness. What keeps you blind to the truth about God or hinders you from coming to Jesus? How does faith help you see life differently? In his homily on this gospel story, Pope Francis challenges us to develop “the apostolate of the ear: listening before speaking.” What prevents you from developing this practice? Under what circumstances do you listen to others well?
- In his interaction with Bartimaeus, Jesus opts for a face-to-face encounter. Pope Francis calls Jesus’ action a “closeness” saying: “We are called to carry out God’s work in God’s own way: in closeness, by cleaving to God, in communion with one another, alongside our brothers and sisters. Closeness: that is the secret to communicating the heart of the faith. . ..” How can you embody this “closeness” with others? Where have YOU found such closeness? Who are the people in your life who seek solidarity with you?
Cyndi Lauper has always been an icon for the LGBT community and her song, True Colors, is legendary. With lyrics soft and yet so hauntingly striking, one can see why it resonates so powerfully with the LGBT experience.
Tucked away into the sentiment of this song, you may also find the person and the real story of the Blind Beggar, Bartimaeus, where “in a world full of people you can lose sight of it all and the darkness inside you can make you feel so small…”