Courage To See! Mark 10:46-52,
by Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor
Todays gospel reading is a story about the restoration of sight, among other
things, a story about one man who wanted out his own personal darkness and did everything
in his power to gain the light. As such, it is a story that holds clues for those of us
who want the same thing, clues that become apparent as we walk around in the story. For
the sake of the story, say you are a disciple, any disciple, waking up to Jericho with a
knot in your stomach. You did not sleep well; all thirteen of you were bedded down on the
same rough pallet and the fellow to your right turned over every twenty minutes all night
long. He knows what you know; that Jerusalem is just fifteen miles down the road and,
unless you are waylaid, you will be there by dark. You are not sure what will happen
there, but from what Jesus has said it sounds grim.
Not that you understand half of what he says. It is harder than you thought,
this disciple business. When he asked you to follow him you thought he was
headed for success - for high political office, at first, and then - if he is
who you think he is - for the very throne of Israel. But lately he has been
taking crazy, talking about dying and rising and being a servant. It is not what
you expected, and you have thought more than once about going back home. But you
love him, and the way he seems to love everyone he meets, never seeing crowds
but always seeing people and reaching out to touch them, heal them, make them
. . .
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