Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Reflection: Mark 8:22-26

Wednesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 8:22-26

This Gospel begins with friends of a blind man bringing him to Jesus for healing.  They asked Jesus to touch the man.  Jesus immediately reached out, took the man’s hand and led him out of the village.  Jesus then spit into his hand and placed his spittle on the blind man’s eyes.  After a time, Jesus asked him: “Can you see anything”?  The man opened his eyes and said: “I can see people; however they look like trees”.  Jesus once again placed his hands on the man’s eyes and this time the man’s eyes were healed and his sight was completely restored!  Jesus then told the man to go home.  Then Jesus admonished the man: “Do not go into the village.”

Take a moment and ask yourself: How am I blind?  What are my blind spots?  What do I choose to block out?  What do I not want to see or hear?  Then today when you realize that you are blocking a situation or feeling, open your mind and heart, and deliberately examine your blind spot for a few minutes.  This likely will feel uncomfortable; however, you may learn something about yourself that will help you become a more loving and accepting person.   What a step forward!

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