Today's Lectionary Text
Mark 10:46-52They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 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.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
The bundle lay in my arms 38 years ago. Blue, blue eyes stared at me. She really was not seeing much at two days old. What would she see with those eyes over the lifetime ahead?
In the Scripture passage the adult Bartimaeus was not seeing much. However, he believed that in the appropriate circumstances he would be able to see. The chance came. He believed with such enthusiasm and certitude that he eagerly leapt forward. Bartimaeus knew what he wanted. To be allowed to see again, he told Jesus. Then, amazingly, because he believed he could see! He was so excited that he followed Jesus. What did he see?
What has Kristin seen with those blue, blue eyes? Great joy, silliness, awesome beauty, immense sorrow, routine hours, hungry people, meanness, filth, kindness, dirt, children, adults, many colors, lots of ages.
Which from this list have you seen? Where has Jesus led you in your daily journey? Why does Jesus lead us in the direction he does? Do your eyes focus on two or three sights that just seem to beckon to you? Is your fire lit in unexpected ways as you read about or witness folk who are in line at a food pantry? Do those pretty good clothes that you are tired of sit in a stack that’s getting so tall it threatens to topple? Are you yawning and scratching your head about how to fill the hours that stretch endlessly every weekday morning?
A blessing box located somewhere close to your home can always use a jar of peanut butter or a stack of crackers. Hospitals, food pantries, a local museum, a nearby school all frequently need volunteers. Men, women and children will gladly wear clothes from that stack if it is taken to a used-clothing store or give-away. Extra soaps, toothpastes and toothbrushes, along with washcloths and towels could be helpful to folk who are victims of natural disasters or are new to this country. Find out how to put small packets of toiletry items together and where to send them. Use your resources to uncover for yourself some of the needs in your local community; employ your imagination to see where the world needs to experience the love of God anew. Then challenge yourself, as you see a need that matches your gifts and abilities to put it all together. See what is needed. See what happens when you are in the presence of that need. Experience what happens and how the world is changed when you follow Jesus.
--Rev. Dianne Tombaugh
Retired Diaconal Minister
Prayer for Reflection
Open our eyes, O God, that we may see this day! Thank you. Amen
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