There is a simplicity to following Christ that belies the general wisdom on how to better our lives. In our Epistle reading, the author of Hebrews compares the complexity of the temple system of sacrifice: a multitude of priests making a multitude of sacrifices for the people (and themselves); with the efficiency of a singlular, sinless, eternal High Priest, offering Himself one time as a single sacrifice sufficient for the whole world throughout all time. In our Gospel, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, calls out for mercy, leaps up and runs to Jesus when he calls, is healed and then follows Jesus. Bartimaeus recognizes what he needs in the person of Jesus, and in a few brief moments is transformed and accepted into a new life as a disciple of Christ. The core of Christianity is choosing to follow the way God has provided. To accept the one sufficient sacrifice, accept the offering of love we don’t deserve, forgiveness we can’t earn, healing we can’t achieve, and the new life we can’t find on our own.