But Now I See

Readings for Wednesday February 16, 2011

First Reading: Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116
Gospel: Mark 8:22-26

The he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. (Mk 8:25)

In today's gospel, we hear the story of Jesus curing a blind man. Jesus agreed to cure the man when he was brought to Him, and after leading the blind man outside the village, Jesus laid His hands on him and asked if he saw anything. While at first his vision was still a bit hazy, Jesus once more laid His hand hands on the man and his vision became clear. What is important here is that the blind man was patient, he was not distressed when his vision was hazy, he didn't complain, he just waited while Jesus worked with him. Jesus comes to heal all of us in this same say; helping us to see the things that we are blind to.

How often in our own lives do we ask for the Lord's help, but when things still look dismal we panic and turn away, or lose trust? We must always remember that there is a method to God's plans for our lives, and even if we do not understand fully, we must be patient and continue to trust and rely on our Lord.

Today, let us read and reflect on the beginning verses of the following song, Amazing Grace.

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

Father above, we thank you for the gift of this day. Lord, send us your spirit so that we may face any challenge that comes our way with courage and strength. Lord, help us to be your humble servants and to do everything for your glory. Lord, we thank you for all your love and mercy, may we be loving and merciful to others in this same way. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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