Almost everyone has seen them. An advertisement that demonstrates the tremendous results of a product, using a “before” and “after” picture. Today’s readings are similar. The gospel is the “before”, the first reading the after. In the gospel, Bartimaeus answers the question of Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?” with the answer: “Lord, I want to see.” What do you want God to do for you? How is it specifically you wish God to help you? And when God does, what will you do about it?