Wednesday 15 February 2023

About Today Readings

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

Lord, let me see

Fans of the television series House of Dragons took to Twitter recently complaining bitterly about an episode filmed in such poor light that no one could see what was going on – everything was indistinct and blurry. Rebuttal that it was an artistic choice did not make fans any happier. After all, television is pictures plus audio.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus takes two attempts to return sight to a blind man. The first time, the blind man gains some sight but the figures are indistinct and blurry, much like the aforementioned TV show. On the second attempt we are told the man could ‘see everything plainly and distinctly’. I wonder how many times it takes for me to see things ‘plainly and distinctly’. Am I wilfully blind to the needs of my neighbour? Do I turn my back on those who require help? Do I focus on my wants and desires to the detriment of the planet? God, I pray for your help to see clearly.

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