Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

February 15, 2017 – Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (8:22-26)

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.

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.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

Reflect: The blind man could see everything distinctly. We can’t see what we can’t see. Throughout life there will be times when even with good eyesight we can’t see the obvious; or we are blind to our own sins and shortcomings. The only way for us to see clearly is through the grace of the Holy Spirit. As in this gospel story, we need for Jesus to intervene so that we can see ourselves and the world around us in the way that he intended. Usually it requires time for our eyes to be opened. Just like the blind man in today’s gospel it may require that we turn to Jesus over and over again. Maybe he needs to work with us gradually at first before we are ready to see distinctly. Regardless of the timeline, Jesus wants us to see him, ourselves and others clearly, without distortion, without obstructions, and with a clear understanding of who we are and what we are made to be in his eyes.

Do I need an eye (I) exam today so that I can better understand ways that I’m not living up to the way that God made me?  In what ways may my understanding of self, God and others be distorted? Can I take time for a few minutes of silent prayer to ask Jesus to help me to see him and my own life more clearly so that I can appreciate others and the world around me better?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to see you more clearly, to love you more dearly and to follow you more nearly all the days of my life. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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