Reformation Sunday – God reforming our sight
Mark 10:46-52 The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus
They 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.
So Jesus asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?” and my answer is this – “Reform us Jesus, continue to reshape us to be a church that is powered by love, willing to speak for what is right, act for what is just and seek the healing of your whole creation. Help us to see when we have turned the church inward, rather than move it outward. Help us to follow in your way in the midst of a world that seems to be losing its way. So that we too, like Bartimeaus can see by faith, that we are raised up as God’s people who will always be made new because God’s love is unconditionally given for all people.” Amen.