Irenic Thoughts

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Let me see again

an African image of Jesus giving sightIn tomorrow's Gospel reading Jesus and his followers on their way to Jerusalem. The blind beggar Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus for mercy. Jesus asks the blind man, "What do you want me to do for you?" and Bartimaeus replies, "My teacher, let me see again."

Verna Dozier has written of this question and answer,
The obvious answer is, of course, I want to see. But is it? What you don’t see you don’t have to take responsibility for. A queen, told her subjects had no bread, replied, probably as much out of ignorance as callousness, "Let them eat cake."

...Blindness protects us from harsh realities. Blindness also means someone else will take care of us.

Think, Bartimaeus. There is cost as well as promise to the new life that will open up for you. "What do you want me to do for you?"

"I want to see."
She is on to something. For once we see, we are expected to act on what we have seen whether injustice or those in want or need, right?

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church


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