• Denise Lanik

Wednesday, the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, February 20, 2019


Gospel

MK 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:

Oh how amazing it must have been to be a disciple, walking with Christ as He ministered to the people. The disciples were there with Jesus watching Him do battle against evil, listening to His teachings and seeing the miraculous healings that took place as Jesus ministered to the people. For them, it would seem that it would be easy to say, “God is with us”. Right?

This Gospel passage is about Jesus and His disciples arriving in a town only to have some people bring a blind man to Jesus. Beg Jesus to touch him, so as to heal this man’s blindness. And then the process that took place for Jesus to actually heal the man.

Who is called to be disciples of Christ? Aren’t we all called to be disciples of Christ? If we are all called to be disciples of Christ, how many of us actually act on this calling?

When I read this Gospel, and it said, “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…”

I imagined all the people that want to be disciples, walking around like trees, never acting on their calling and the Lord having to come back a second time and lay His hands on us again and helps us to really know… He is calling us.

This is real! We are walking with Christ today. Whether we realize it or not. This is our chance, we have only one life to live. I pray we ALL come to realize that the Scriptures are ALIVE! We are CALLED! I do not want to be a tree, just walking around.

Our priests are the face of Christ to the world. The Lord has given us the Sacraments to help us and who administers the Sacraments? Our priests do!

Please! Now is the time to PRAY! Pray for our priests! They are only human, but are called to a divine office. They need our prayers now more than ever! Continue to Pray the PAPA Prayer for Priests! May God bless us all and help us to be true disciples of Christ!


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