A raading 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.”

REFLECTION: “Do you see anything?”

When we teach, every once in awhile we ask, “Do you see anything?” Do you understand? Do I have to repeat myself? Teachers have to be persistent, patient and compassionate--if not the student is lost, might despair and think he will never be able to do the task. In today's Gospel we see sometimes that conversion may take awhile and not all are miraculous happenings.

We have all heard of the miraculous healings of people giving up their wheelchairs, drug addicts and alcoholics being freed of their enslavement, people finding God during a healing service, a retreat or after a pilgrimage. Many times the healing by Jesus takes place in increments or stages. Sinners sin less, the cancer is responding to therapy, the problem in question is improving and with prayer and patience, we see a change in our situation. For many it will take a lifetime of failures and persistence for the Lord to go through our lives and change us.

If we have not yet had our answered prayers arrive, let us allow God to reach us however way He does. We need to trust in Him and know that His will always is the best.

God Bless

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