There are basic events and morals to every story. In this Gospel story about the bowed woman, of course we learned about Christ's mercy, and his power to heal. But sometimes there are secondary meanings in addition to the obvious details.
In today’s reflection from the bulletin and the Youth Sermon, we talked about light and darkness, seeing or being blind, belief versus unbelief. The beggar from the Gospel reading, Bartimaeus, had heard about Jesus and His miracles before meeting Him that day. He was also familiar with the Old Testament, the Law and the Prophets. His sense of hearing was heightened since he wasn’t able to use his eyes, and he was both prepared and eager to encounter the Messiah.