Pondering for Saturday, April 4th 2020

Daily Office Readings for Saturday after the 5th Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), 144; PM Psalm 42, 43 Exod. 10:21-11:8; 2 Cor. 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52

“So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.” (Mark 10:50)

This is the healing story of blind Bartimaeus son of Timaeus who asks for his sight again.  What is often kind of glossed over is Bartimaeus throwing off his cloak.  Think about it, if you are blind you become well aware of keeping up with things so that you can put your hands on it again. I have my sight and still, I lose things all the time, my keys, my phone, my glasses, many things.

Bartimaeus, knowing he has the opportunity to stand (or kneel) before our Lord Jesus, throws off his cloak.  He lets go of his “security blanket” knowing that being before Jesus will make all things new.

The same is true for us today. The only way we can put our whole trust in our Lord Jesus is to let go of false security.  Our Lord Jesus asks us today, What is it that we want Him to do for us?  What say yee? 

A couple of notes for today:

1. Today we remember the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As I have already remembered him in my January 15th Pondering blog on his birthday, I will let that be.

2. In my readings of the Christian mystics and ponderings, I have come up with three words that I want to guide my life: they are Humility, Moderation and Execution.  I may say more about these 3 words as I progress. I just want to mention them now while they are on my mind.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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