Friday, October 12, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

God who Listens
Mark 10:46-52
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! (Mark 10:47).
What kind of Encounter might that have been! The son of Timaeus meeting the son of David. The 'blind' son of Timaeus peered through the veil of blindness and 'saw' in Jesus, the 'son' of David. He saw something that everyone overlooked. He saw a new dream, a new hope. Hence the address, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me".
Why call Jesus, the 'son of David?' The idea of Son of David is related with messianic rule, the promised deliverer, the ruler who would rule in Justice and peace. Jesus' healing ministry revealed the abundance of God's love and grace. So this 'blind' son of Timaeus, saw in Jesus, the promised Messiah, from the lineage of David, the only hope for establishment of justice and peace; the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.
This son of Timaeus by his faith, by his foresight, by his personal experience dreamed of a radical future and saw it in the work and ministry of Jesus. He thus says when asked by Jesus, "what do you want me to do for you?". "I want to see. He wants to see in reality with his own eyes what he had learned from childhood of the prophets and the teachers, what he had dreamt of all the days that he had suffered during begging, being reviled and shamefully treated, of a new future, a radically different future; to see God's kingdom being established on Earth.
Jesus says, "Go, your faith has made you well." The idea of wellness depends on what you dream of it. The son of Timaeus went, but went with Jesus, for there lay his hope, his dream.
The 'blind' son of Timaeus today challenges us to examine our own blindness. What do we see? What would it mean for us to experience the presence of God's kingdom in our midst? What would be the idea of wellness for us? It's our visions that shape our future and destiny.

Dear Lord Jesus, open the eyes of our hearts so that what we see in reality may be understood through the lens of your love, grace and power engendering a hope and new vision of the society, Amen.
God listens to our prayers whether vocal or silent.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church