As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him,“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
What would you answer if Jesus appeared before your eyes this very moment and asked, as He does the blind beggar in today’s passage from Luke: “What do you want me to do for you?” Pause for a moment and consider this question. What do you most deeply desire from the Lord right now? Perhaps it is some form of healing (physical? psychological?), as it is for the beggar, or for reconciliation with an estranged family member. Maybe it is meaningful work after a long period of unemployment. Possibly you long for the Lord to act in the life of someone dear to you more than in your own life today.
Each day the Lord does “pass by” many times: when we pray, when we receive Him in the Eucharist, when something meaningful—whether beautiful or tragic—makes us aware of God’s presence and action. Jesus doesn’t “pass by” and then move on, leaving us alone. He is present to our deepest self always, concerned and interested at every moment of the day or night. Have we have lost confidence in Him because we have yet to see our petition granted after a long period of asking? This is a challenge of faith for most every disciple. We must simply believe that Jesus and the Father hear us in the Spirit and will either give us what we ask at the proper time and in the right way, or that something even better is being prepared.
Close your eyes, see Jesus look upon you with love, and hear His question again: “What do you want me to do for you?” Now converse with Him about your deepest desire…
—Fr. Rob Kroll, S.J.
Lord, as we move through this day, we will reflect on the question you ask us: “What do you want me to do for you?” Certainly we have very tangible needs that concern us and even preoccupy our thoughts. We are grateful we can share these with you. We also have a foundational need that affects every aspect of our lives: our work, our relationships, our dreams, our fears, and our suffering. Lord, we want and we choose what will deepen our life in you. This will be our greatest gift from you and our greatest gift back to you. Lord, may we be open to your Spirit that changes the ordinary into a sacred opportunity to extend your love to those who cross our path today.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team