February 19, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):

      Eyes are often regarded as the windows to the soul. This proverb basically states that by looking deeply into a person’s eyes, you can tell who he/she truly is on the inside. However, if we will follow this logic does that mean we cannot identify the “inside” personhood of a blind man? Eyes in a practical sense give direction to a person. Whatever it sees will identify what a person will do or act. If the eyes see danger, a person will naturally get rid of it and when it sees goodness a person will react on it positively. But what happen when a person loses his/her sight? Most probably, a person will lose his/her sense of direction or if not, another would act as a guide for him/her to be directed.

     This could also be the same in our spiritual life. When we lose our focus on Jesus, we begin to put ourselves in danger. We turn to a different path because we get distracted and the path that supposedly we follow which is the path of Jesus suddenly loses also its direction and meaning to us.

     In the Gospel for today Jesus restored the sight of a blind man of Bethsaida by putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him. This is a representation of Jesus’ disciples which have eyes but do not see (Mk 8:18). Our eyes are our physical aid in seeing the things we ought to see, in order for us to do what we ought to do. We see Jesus’ examples and in His own actions man becomes truly human. His goodness defines His personhood and so as children of God and brother of Jesus, we should also be defined according to goodness. This could only happen when we keep our focus and our sight to Jesus. Jesus’ healing of the blind is a way of showing us how to be redirected and to bring us back to His path by putting our sight and focus on Him and on His Words.

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