Posted by: livingscripture | May 30, 2013

Eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him’.  So they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you’.”

(Mark 10:49)


How should we live this Word? feeding

This encounter of Jesus with the blind man is very well known to us.  And yet, it always presents something new about the creative power of the Word that evokes the Person of Christ the Lord, His speaking and His actions.  Jesus stops.  He saw the blind man on the roadside at just a little distance from him.  It is clear that He could have called him Himself and quickly worked the miracle of healing him.  Instead, He prefers to send others as intermediaries.  The evangelist affectionately recounts the words with which many have responded to Jesus’ invitation and followed His will, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you”.

What is so beautiful about this passage is that the Lord wanted to make the people His collaborators in His will of salvation.  This is what we as Christians are called to as well!  The Lord esteems us.  He loves us to the point of involving us in accomplishing what brings growth in reciprocal goodness, well- being, help, in short, for a world that is more human and fraternal.

Today in my time of contemplation, I will thank Our Lord for His esteem in involving me in His work of redemption. 

Lord, do not allow me to remain outside of reality, especially the reality of Your Word.  Help me to understand it deeply, assimilate it, and live it.  Then I will better understand how You want me to collaborate with You. 

The Voice of John Ruskin, British painter and poet 

A truly great person always receives help from everyone because he/she has the gift of finding something good in everything and everyone.


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