What do you want me to do for you?"
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, let our eyes be opened.’ Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him. Matthew 20. 29 - 34
And so the longest season in the church year comes to a close...today is the last day of Pentecost, Year 1, and tomorrow we begin a new year in the church with the First Sunday of Advent, Year 2.
Isn't it fitting that the last gospel reading has Jesus healing blind men when they ask to have their eyes opened?! As we go into Advent, the season of waiting and wondering about the birth of the Christ Child into this strange and discombobulated world we find ourselves in, how can Jesus open our eyes to bring the light of the Christ Child to people in darkness?
A few questions to ponder:
What will our eyes see if we let Jesus heal them?
What do we have to offer if we have the Light of Christ?
Where are people in darkness around us?
A few responses to ponder:
Dear Jesus, let my eyes see without judgment.
Dear Jesus, let me offer unconditional love.
Dear Jesus, let your Light shine in me so it brings Light to the world.
What do you want Jesus to do for you? Advent is a beautiful time to reflect on that as we wait and wonder how he will be born in our hearts, our lives and our homes again for the first time.