They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 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.
Grace implores us to bare our souls to God and to one another. It asks us to confess, to open up, to become transparent. In full honesty with ourselves and with our God, we consider our wounds – the ones we have endured and the ones we have inflicted. We name our transgressions. We describe our failings. We cry out, “God we are in need of you. We are unable to become what you made us to be. Show us your ways. Reform us. Remind us that our wonder comes from these wounds. Help us to realized that our longings are realized in our losses. Forgiveness is discovered in the remaking of repentance. Resurrect comes up out of the grave. Thank-you God for loving us. Thank-you Christ for redeeming us. Thank-you Spirit for your continual work of reshaping.