Bible Workbench: Proper 25, October 25, 2009

Text: Mark 10:46-52

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.” What an odd question to ask a blind man. Isn’t it obvious what he wants most in all the world? Or is it? Were you confronted by Jesus—or whatever you consider as the source of life and the home of new hope—what might you want him or it to do for you? What is an obvious need, yearning or hope about your life? What is not so obvious to the others and even to yourself? Sit on the floor with eyes closed and be Bartimaeus begging by the roadside. Cry out for mercy. Be still and ask yourself what it is you want. What is it you want that could make the difference, turn your life around, fill you with “eternal life” rather than what is expensive but hollow?

– Bill Dols


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