What do you want me to do for you?
Some reflection “Notes” from your Music and Liturgy Director…
On back-to-back Sundays, we hear Jesus ask, “What do you want me to do for you?” Last week, James and John wanted glory; this week, Bartimaeus wants healing. The same question. Two very different requests, two very different needs.
Jesus grants both requests, giving each party what they want and more. He gives them what they need. The disciples asked for glory, but they needed to learn what it meant to be true servants. Bartimaeus asked for sight, but he needed to be restored to the life of the community and given a role and purpose within it.
When I was in grade school, I participated in many youth sports groups, particularly baseball and basketball. I truly loved playing sports, probably so that I could keep up with 3 older brothers! I prayed to God to help me develop athletic skills so that this could be some sort of career for me. Well, at my height of five-foot-nothing, and questionable mediocre athletic ability, I really wasn’t progressing as far as I had hoped. Also, my piano teacher at the time was telling me that I needed to make a decision to either play sports or be a musician, this was a challenging decision for me. (Insert your snicker here)
After thoughtful prayer I knew that music was also a great love of mine, so that won out. At the same time, I thought to myself, I still loved sports and wished I could continue this pursuit. Before I knew it, faculty members at my school asked me to start coaching in baseball. I had never even thought about that as an option. I absolutely loved coaching. It was so rewarding, and I learned that I loved to work with people; help them, teach them. I enjoyed teamwork, which ultimately led me to my church work which I feel so blessed to do.
How often have we prayed for one thing and received what we asked for and more, though in a form we didn’t expect? As we think about our response to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?” let us also look deeper to see how we can respond to the requests of others in ways that will lead them closer to Christ. With regard to God’s answers to prayer, expect the unexpected!
See You at Mass
Linda Noel Halverson
Director of Music and Worship