The Holy Gospel: October 28, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  Mark 10:46-52

Meditation:  “The Way is Open”

How many times have you told yourself that calling out to God about something would be a “bother” to God?  How many times have you allowed someone to convince you that you are more of an obstacle to God than an opportunity?  I’m guessing we all have felt that way sometime or other.

When we do, this is a passage that clears away the deception and enables us to see the truth.

It begins right where we sometimes find ourselves—believing we are a hindrance.  In fact, there were people around the blind man who wanted him to keep quiet—people who wanted him to keep thinking that Jesus could not possibly be concerned about a person like him.  If the blind man had followed their counsel and heeded their warning, he would have remained blind.

Instead, he went with his heart—he honored a deep-seeded conviction that Jesus of Nazareth could have mercy on him.  So, he would not stop crying out to Christ.

When Jesus heard him, he cut right through the prohibitions and stereotypes of the crowd—and maybe even of the blind man himself—and said, “Call him here” (v. 49).

You will never hear words from Jesus any more powerful or personal than these: “call him here.”  Jesus opens the way between himself and you.  There is no “voice” (internal or external) that can keep you from him and from his mercy.

This week’s lesson is Christ’s own invitation to cry out—to say in your own way, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  He never turns away from that.

 

 

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Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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