I hear the voice of the world in cries;
In tears that waste the eyes,
By faith, so vainly fed;
With a tyrant so cruel to put earth to death.
“Ah, helpless world!” said I;
“Ah, wretched world!” twice did I sadly cry;
“Ah, helpless world!” the north and south reply.
Bartimaeus is simple teaching us that before we go to Jesus, there are certain dirty clocks (hatred, envy, licentiousness, corruption, anger, pride, selfishness etc) in our lives that needs to be thrown away.
The tenacious turbulence that emanates from these choices we make usually prevents us from making certain decisions with the fear that we will be held responsible when the outcome of the decisions turn out sour.
Today, people have made a god out of freedom and think it is of paramount importance in everything – whether it is the freedom to engage in outrageous sins or simply to ride a motorcycle without a helmet.
It is obvious that you can get to a certain state where you unconsciously don’t notice you have sinned, in one way or the other, because of your persistent act of kindness, compassion and love shown to humanity.