Here is today’s Gospel, from St Mark: ‘And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way’.

Jesus’ question, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ is a question that Our Lord often asks us, particularly at the beginning of a retreat or some time of spiritual endeavour. Let us hear Him ask it of us now: ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ If we have faith, He will do it. And then, we follow Him on the way, as did Bartimaeus.

May God bless you today in your following of Him.