July 30, 2017

Reading Mark 10: 46-52 (NRSV)

“What do you want me to do for you?”

What a funny question for Jesus to ask! Can’t Jesus already tell what the man’s needs are?

A blind beggar’s needs seem obvious. And Bartimaeus is accustomed to asking people for something to live by: a piece of bread, a coin, or help to find his way.

But, when Jesus calls, Bartimaeus springs up and comes to Jesus. Asked what he wants, Bartimaeus does not ask for food or money; he has faith enough to ask for something that will turn his life around, something that will liberate him from daily worries. “My teacher, let me see again.”

Jesus values that trust: “Your faith has made you well.”

With sight restored, Bartimaeus follows Jesus.

Jesus knows what our needs are, too. Do we act like beggars, still focused on our day to day desires? Or do we have faith enough to ask for life-changing spiritual gifts and healing?

“What do you want me to do for you?”

When Jesus asks, what should we say?

And when Jesus delivers, perhaps we should join Bartimaeus, following Jesus on the way.

Let us pray. O, God, you encourage us to talk to you and let you know our needs. Jesus modeled for us the question you ask: what do you want me to do for you? Help us to identify what will liberate us from daily worries, so we can see to follow in your way. Amen.

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