A good friend took me aside a few years ago and said, "Look. You talk about Jesus. But
that is not what 99% of people have their minds on." I asked, "What do most people have
their minds on?" He went on, "Most people have their minds on one of three things. One,
what they're going to do this weekend when they get off work, two, where they are going
to go this year on vacation, and three, how much longer they have to work before
retirement." He said if you just hang around the water cooler or the coffee pot at work,
this will be confirmed in less than five minutes. He was right.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?