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Mark 8:22-26

The Word of God

They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

Mark 8:22-26
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    • Jesus is beginning to teach his disciples that he will soon be put to death, but the disciples cannot take in this bad news. Mark’s stories about blind people and their cures suggest that disciples may only slowly come to see that Jesus cannot be understood or appreciated apart from the mystery of his Cross.
    • With this in mind, you can identify with this blind man. Ask Jesus to help you to see him properly; allow him to minister to you as he did to this blind man. Then beg him to help you to accept the mystery of the passion--in his life, in your own life and in the story of the world.
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    • I put myself in the sandals of the blind man brought to Jesus, the healer everybody wanted to meet. He takes me gently by the hand, warm and reassuring. As he gives me his full attention, I grow in trust and confidence. Jesus opens my eyes and I see what a good man he is.
    • I cannot thank the Lord enough for his goodness and kindness. Every moment of my life is his gift to me.
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    • Jesus took the blind man out of the village and, having healed him, told him not to return there. This time of prayer for me is a time of stepping apart, of being alone with Jesus. Are there some concerns I have from which I can step away for a while? Are there some things about which I worry that I might leave in the hands of the Lord?
    • Sight was given to the man gradually, not all at once. I take some time to notice how my prayer leads me to appreciate God's light and consolation. As I see how God opens my eyes gently, I ask for the faith and hope I need to continue to trust in God's goodness.
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    • Jesus took the blind man out of the village and, having healed him, told him not to return there. This time of prayer for me is a time of stepping apart, of being alone with Jesus. Are there some concerns I have from which I can step away for a while? Are there some things about which I worry that I might leave in the hands of the Lord?
    • Sight was given to the man gradually, not all at once. I take some time to notice how my prayer leads me to appreciate God's light and consolation. As I see how God opens my eyes gently, I ask for the faith and hope I need to continue to trust in God's goodness.