The Gospel for this Sunday told the story of the blind son of Timaeus, sitting by the Jericho Road when Jesus, Son of David, came by.
Everyone knows what a preacher is going to say about this, but I wasn't happy to go there. The phrase that stuck out for me as I read and reread it was the question of Jesus "What do you want me to do for you?"
In the context of this narrative I would have thought that was bleedingly obvious but again I wasn't content with the trite answer to that.
The reason was that last Sunday we read the story of James and John asking Jesus if they could ask him a favour. He responds to them with exactly the same question "What do you want me to do for you?"
Why were these two stories side by side immediately preceding the Narrative of Holy Week and the Passion?
As I struggled with this question it seemed to me that if I was to interpret the question that the son of Timaeus asked in response to the question of Jesus was not so much about his specific need to SEE and more about his general need to be WHOLE then how we should respond to the question became much more open to real conversation.
Every one of us can answer the question of Jesus with the statement "I want to be WHOLE," but the content of that wholeness not only will be different for each one of us, but will change from day to day, as we struggle with how to be the people God wants us to be.
An acquaintence of my wife said she had meditated on this question every day for the past 14 years. Here is a life's work.
Here is true discipleship!
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