Gospel: Lk 18:35-43
When Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road, begging. As he heard the crowd passing by, he inquired what was happening, and they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by. Then he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people in front of him scolded him. “Be quiet!” they said, but he cried out all the more, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped, and ordered the blind man to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the man said, “Lord, that I may see!” Jesus said, “Receive your sight, your faith has saved you.” At once the blind man was able to see, and he followed Jesus, giving praise to God. And all the people who were there also praised God.
There was once a young king who was as kind as he was handsome. One day he spotted a dirty young beggar girl, fell in love with her, had her brought to the palace and ordered that she be cleaned up and dressed in rich clothes. Then he visited her once a year, always asking her the same question: “What do you want me to give you?” Each year the young girl would ask for something of increasing value: a new set of clothes, a gold ring, a diamond tiara, a castle, and so on, her requests getting bolder and bolder. But each time the king would answer sadly: “That is too little. I wish to give you much more. Maybe next year…” This continued for 6 years, finally, on the seventh interview with the young king, she looked deeply into his eyes and said: “What I really want, Your Majesty, is you.” It was the correct answer.
If Jesus appeared to you one of these days and asked you what he asked the blind man of Jericho: “What do you want me to do for you?” Would you be honestly able to say: “What I really want more than anything in the world is to be with you, Lord”?