Jesus is here for us. He is right here walking among us, but sometimes we don't recognize His presence. We are blinded like Bartimaeus, living life in our own bubble oblivious to Christ's work among us, oblivious to our need for Him. Yet, He is still here, still calling us to Himself. We must simply step forward in faith, recognize our need for Him and accept His call on our lives. The path of discipleship is not an easy path. Today's readings encourage us not to let anything impede us from our calling out to Christ and following Him. As Bartimaeus learned that a life of a disciple is rewarding, we will also learn that indeed, following Christ is truly a great joy!