Wednesday 15 February 2017

Wed 15th.Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise—Ps 115(116):12-15, 18-19. Mark 8:22-26.


‘Eyes to see.’

A friend once wryly observed, ‘one of the hardest and most necessary parts of being Catholic is continually realising you’ve been doing it wrong the whole time’. Progress in union with Christ is a gradual, often frustrating task. In the passage previous to today’s Gospel, Jesus himself had become agitated with the disciple’s lack of understanding, ‘have you not eyes to see?’ In Mark’s unique account of the healing of a blind man, Jesus anticipates the process by which his followers will finally come to understand the true nature of his identity and mission. Later passages will reveal that the apostles will continue to get it wrong, yet nevertheless trust in him until their eyes are fully opened to the truth. Today, let us pray that our own ‘spiritual blind spots’ are healed so that we can come to know Jesus more and more intimately.

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