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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 28, 2018

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SUNDAY, October 28      23 Pentecost

Mark 10:51-52 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.

What are the identifying characteristics of faith? How do we recognize faith when we are in its presence? In this story from Mark, we encounter someone who has and is impelled by great faith.

Nothing is expected of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, nor does he expect anything from his society. But he expects Jesus to change his condition and confidently casts aside all he has to receive transformation. When Jesus asks Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” (the same question Jesus asks James and John a little earlier), Bartimaeus asks for sight, not privileges or status. By asking in faith for the right thing, Bartimaeus is made whole and moves from being on the sidelines to following Jesus on the road.

May we, like Bartimaeus, throw off our cloaks and ask God for the deep desires of our hearts.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you invite the Holy Spirit to help you discern what to ask of Jesus? Are you willing to share your deepest desires with Jesus? 

PRAY for the Church in the Province of the West Indies

Ps 34:1-8,(19-22) and Job 42:1-6,10-17 -OR- Ps 126 and | Jeremiah 31:7-9 | Hebrews 7:23-28 | Mark 10:46-52



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