Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Gn. 8:6-13, 20-22 | Ps. 116:12-15, 18-19 | Mk. 8:22-26

Both readings speak of healing.  Noah sees that the rains have stopped; so, he sends out a raven and then a dove to ascertain the dryness of the land.  When the dove does not return the second time, Noah realizes that the land has dried.  Immediately, Noah offers a burnt offering to God, and God promises never to completely destroy the earth or animals again.  Healing and forgiveness have taken place.  Yahweh wishes for wholeness and so forgives us.  Jesus, likewise, looks for healing and wholeness; and, so the blind man who is brought to him is taken aside.  Jesus with great tenderness and compassion heals the man of his blindness.

Today is a good day to look at our own blindness and need for healing and restoration to wholeness.  What are the blind spots in your life?  Where do you refuse to hear another person, accept another’s idea, allow for others’ differences?  These are the areas that Jesus wishes to heal.  Go to Christ, ask for healing, be open, be ready to be surprised.  Give thanks for all that you are given.

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