First Reading: Jeremiah 31: 7-9
Psalm Response: Psalm 126: 1-6
Second Reading: Hebrews 5: 1-6
Gospel: Mark 10: 46-52
The desperate cries of Bartimaeus, a blind man, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”, shouting over the scolding words of the crowd to keep quiet stopped Jesus. He ordered his people to call the blind man over to him. As we know, the crowd changed their tone and encouraged Bartimaeus to do so by saying, “You have nothing to fear”, he is calling you. And Jesus lovingly and simply asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” He immediately receives his wish, is healed of blindness and in gratitude follows Jesus.
As we hear Jesus ask us, “What do you want me to do for you”, dare we respond in total trust as did Bartimaeus? Do we believe there is nothing to fear from him, who as we hear from Paul “was beset by weakness and is able to deal patiently with us because he also was vulnerable? But we often hesitate and halt…we think we had better wait. If we dare to answer honestly, what will he ask of us? Or are we worthy to approach him with our requests? Can we really believe that the God-man who came to share our life, asks only for our faith and trust…despite our quivering fear, despite what weaknesses and failures we may have experienced? Dare we to believe we have “nothing to fear from our God who asks in unconditional love WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO FOR YOU?”
Lord, we often hesitate to tell you what we need because we project onto you our judgmental non-acceptance of ourselves…we make you like our image. Help us grow in the awareness that yo do hear us even though we have nothing to offer other than our faith and weak hope. Help us to desire and gratefully respond when we hear in our hearts you gentle question, My child, what do you want me to do for you?
Norma Rocklage, OSF