Monday, October 29, 2012

A Month of Miracles Part 23 - Christ Healing Bartimaeus

Title: Christ Healing Bartimaeus
Artist: Carmel Cauchi
Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 181 x 121 cm
Date: 1994
Location: George Eliot Hospital Chapel, Nuneaton.

Mark 10:46-52 - Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. “Rabbi, I want to see.” The blind man said. “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Blind Bartimaeus's faith, persistence, and recognition of Jesus' significance provide a focus for this important story of discipleship. At the outset he is sitting by the roadside, but in the end he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. This is a clear portrait of the healing power of the merciful King, but this story also functions as a parable of discipleship: To be healed from spiritual blindness is to grasp the true identity of Jesus and join him on the way to the Cross.

Carmel Cauchi (b.1927) is a Maltese born painter who now resides in England. He has more than 100 works of art currently hanging in public places throughout the UK, including a 40ft mural in Rugby and a 35ft mural in Feltham, Middlesex. Three of his paintings were officially unveiled by the Queen. Mr Cauchi moved to England 45 years ago after winning a Commonwealth scholarship to study art.

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