One Wish

October 27th, 2012 Posted in writing

We are creatures of our desires and wishes. They motivate us to do things or to refrain from doing them. Some of our desires are good while some are less so. A big part of spiritual growth is coming to know what our deepest desires are and how they fit with what God wants for us.

The blind man of Jericho didn’t have to think much when Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said right away, “I want to see!” He had only one wish, and it must have seemed impossible. But Jesus answered his request, and in taking away his blindness, Jesus changed the man’s life.

What would we say if Jesus met us one day and said, “What would you like me to do for you?” Would we name something that we have longed for but thought would never come to pass, something for ourselves or for someone else? As we ask, we might be surprised to discover an even more fundamental longing we hadn’t been aware of and begin to bring that to the Lord. And what might our family or our parish community ask for? (That could be a good conversation starter.)

The blind man asked Jesus for the gift of sight because he had faith that he could help him. Has our faith helped us name our deepest longings and given us the courage to bring them to Christ?

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