Psalm 23, Hebrews7: 23-28, Mark 10: 46-52
October 28, 2018
It is with some regret and humility that today, I am admitting to the fact that I have selective hearing. Julie was telling me that just the other day...well, that's what I think she said, I wasn't really listening. We men have a terrible reputation as selective listeners. The cartoon on your bulletin isn't all that far off. But selective listening isn't all bad. In fact, it is essential for every one of us to develop this trait; without it we'd be inundated with voices and noise. We need to be able to pick out particular voices in a crowd or it would all be just gobbledegook. For those of you adjusting to hearing aids, I understand that this is what you experience when you start; you hear so much you have a hard time selecting the voice that you are listening for.
Now you may wonder why I'm talking about selective hearing when our gospel reading is about Bartimaeus receiving his sight. As I review the story, perhaps you will pick up what my angle is.