Thought for The Day – Tuesday 16th February (Shrove Tuesday)

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Matthew 20: 32 – 34

Being the day before Lent a lot of people who are giving up something for lent go for a last blast. Whether it is chocolate, alcohol, social media, tv, etc., they make sure to enjoy it one last time. To be fair, most of us give up pretty meaningless things we know we will get back. These two men had never known sight, no colour, no shapes, no knowing what either themselves or each other looked like. For them the opportunity Jesus represented was a once in a lifetime offer that would never come again. That perhaps explains their insistence.  When you have your pancakes today consider how you would approach Jesus if you knew he was never passing this way again? What would be different?

Prayer: Jesus, please forgive me for sometimes taking you for granted. I know I can always turn to you and you will hear my prayers. Sometimes that makes me complacent when I should be insistent.

Action: Spend some time with Jesus as we go in to Lent tomorrow.

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