Posted by: livingscripture | February 15, 2012

Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.  Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, ‘Do you see anything?’  Looking up the man replied, ‘I see people looking like trees and walking’.  ”

                                                     Mark 8: 23-24                                                                                             

How should we live this Word

It is of interest to note that, just as in the account of the deaf and dumb man, this story about the blind man restored to sight has a very precise location. Mark places both of them between Jesus’ revealing action and the incredulity of his own who continue to be of hardened heart for lack of faith.

Pay attention to how Jesus works His miracles.  He does not love the spectacular.  He works away from noise and disrespectful curiosity.  He enters into an intimate and personal rapport with the person.  He leads the person into the depths of his being and there, he makes his choice for or against the Lord.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus takes the blind man by the hand and leads him outside the village.  What delicacy!  While He manifests His closeness, he asks the blind man for a personal and deep acceptance of the light.  In the text, the blind man is not restored to sight all at once.  ‘I see people looking like trees and walking.’ Jesus is there, close to him and once again lays His hands on the man.  Finally, he sees.  The lesson is evident.  Faith means being touched by Jesus who involves our patience in the exercise of a great faith.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will picture myself in the place of the blind man at the moment he regains his sight and I will pray:

Lord, my interior eyes need to be gradually opened to see You in my life and to see my brothers and sisters as Your reflection. 

The voice of Abbé Pierre, Contemporary Prophet 

What we call faith is the certainty that we can love our neighbor and be loved in return.  We can build only on love.

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