Today's text begins with the story of the man who ran to Jesus in order to ask him what he must do to inherit eternal life. This request for something to do follows immediately upon Jesus' word that the kingdom of God welcomes children. In other words, we have just heard from the lips of Jesus that the kingdom of God is to be received as a gift, received as children receive. Then comes a man who wishes to achieve the kingdom as a reward. The fundamental meaning of the gospel is at stake in these two postures. The gospel of the kingdom comes as a gift we receive! That's the point.
“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?