God knows every hope, every sorrow, every thought we have, even without our giving voice to them. So why did Jesus ask the blind man what he wanted? Of course he wanted to see! What else could he possibly have wanted?
But not everyone is willing to take that kind of risk. After all, when Jesus asked the sick man at Bethesda if he wanted to be well, the response was a litany of complaints. Even though Jesus healed him anyway, you have to think the response of the blind man in today’s gospel was more pleasing to him: direct, respectful and faith-filled. He believed a miracle was possible.
The answer we receive may or may not be affected by the way we ask, but it’s worth contemplating: When you pray, who are you? The Bethesda complainer or the believing blind man?
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