Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)
Martin Luther once referred to the letter of James as an “epistle of straw” because it didn’t seem to bear a strong enough witness to Jesus Christ and the message of God’s grace. Quoting Ephesians 2:8-9, Luther taught that we are saved by God’s grace through faith as a gift from God. But faith was not simply knowledge of God and of Christ’s sacrifice. For Luther, faith naturally bears fruits. Ephesians 2:10 continues, “we are…created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Today’s gospel reading demonstrates that faith is active. The blind man not only believed that Jesus could heal him, he also got up and went to Jesus when called. The world can leave us feeling defeated, tempted toward complacency and inactivity. Our faith calls us to get up and bear fruit. Through active faith, we and the world around us experience the healing of the risen Christ.
“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.” In the name of our Triune God. Amen. (Text: Irish, 8th cent)