October 24

Mark 10:49-52

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’”  vs. 51

Jesus had a reputation as a healer. That’s the main reason crowds followed him from place to place and gathered whenever he stopped. We can understand their reaction. We all crave healing, and if conventional medicine doesn’t give relief many will seek out alternative sources, including those known as faith healers. This little story is the account of one of Jesus’ healings, but what surprises us is the question Jesus asks when the man comes close to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He wants Bartimaeus to articulate his need. That’s an interesting question for anyone who approaches the Divine Presence–it’s a good question for any one of us. What do we want God to do for us? What is it we want from our holy encounter? What is our deepest desire? For the blind man the answer was easy–he wanted to see again. But what about us? What is it that we want? Perhaps the answer is obvious–we want healing. But maybe there is something else–deep inside we may be yearning for another kind of wholeness or completion, and maybe not even for ourselves. Our minds might be focused on the needs of parents or children. And beyond our little everyday worlds, there are the larger issues of society, politics, church, and environment. Everywhere we look there is a need for healing!

Thought for the Day: What do I want Jesus to do for me?

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