Lectionary Year B
October 26, 2003
Step VI - Contemporary Address
(JFC) This pericope might address figurative blindness, a malady which many
congregations suffer. It might promise to approach “healing” peoples’ “blindness” with hints at visions of “faith making well” and/or of truth’s elixir for healing.
B. Describing the Audience
(JFC) The sermon this exegesis aims to build is for the 175th anniversary celebration
of a congregation I served as part time Interim several years ago. They honor and humble me by inviting me to preach as part of that Sunday. They are right in the geographic center of a small town 15 miles from Kentucky’s capital city. They have some 75 members with only an adult Sunday School Class.
(JFC) A sermon entitled for this working draft, “Blindness Being Healed”
Commentators suggest that Bartimaeus might have been metaphysically blind, not (only?) physically so, since he went unaided to Jesus. Most of us get that way, figuratively blind, when it comes to envisioning our, and/or our congregation’s future.
I. Jesus Cures Bartimaeus’ Blindness
A. Christ communicates with Bartimaeus by hearing his request for healing mercies.
B. Christ tells Bartimaeus that his faith cures him.
II. Blind Bartimaeus
A. Blind Bartimaeus asks Jesus for healing mercies, admitting his need for eyes opened.
B. Finally, Bartimaeus follows Jesus.
III. Our Blindness and What to Do With It
A. We might well begin by admitting we are at least myopic.
B. Then our next step might well include our asking Christ to cure our shortsightedness.
If we can admit that we need Christ’s healing to make us more visionary than we naturally are, usually, then healing is on its way. Then, we might “see” into the future.
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