Imagine it if you can. Jesus, the Son of God, the miracle worker, the controversial, dangerous teacher, looks at you and asks, "What do you want me to do for you?"
Some people might take this as an Aladdin-like event and bargain for three wishes, thus hedging their bets. Perhaps you know immediately what your response would be, but maybe some little intuition warns you that this is the most important question you have ever been asked.
Last week, we heard the disciples ask Jesus to grant them one wish. When he asked, "What do you want me to do for you?", they inadvertently exposed their self-seeking and lack of understanding of Jesus' mission by asking for places of celebrity by his side.
Bartimaeus, whose name can be translated as "son of fear" or "son of honor," accepted the fact that he had to be a beggar because he was blind. Whether he was blind from birth or as the result of an accident or illness makes little difference. His disability precluded his filling a responsible role in society. He could never aspire to read the Scriptures; he was clumsy and awkward and had more than once been treated as a hindrance.