“Having a ‘retouch’ by the Lord to have the ‘clearer vision of working for the Glory of God!’”
(Based on Jas 1:19-27 and Mk 8:22-26 – Tuesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II)
A sailor found himself in harsh and rough waters on the sea.
Survival seemed scanty… but he called on the Lord.
His prayers were heard, and he found himself washed up on a small, uninhabited island.
On the island, he again prayed intensely to God, to rescue him.
Every day he would scan the horizon for help…
…but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood (wood from the wreckage of the ship) to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
One day, after having wandered all around for food, he arrived home..
… Only to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rising up to the skies.
He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost.
Stuck with disbelief, grief, and anger, he cried out:
“GOD! How could you do this to me?
You saved me from the shipwreck, but only to abandon me on this island!
And now you have taken away my only means of survival.”
Early next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island!
It was a rescue ship…
… they had come to rescue him!
“How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.
“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied!
The burnt hut – which the man had considered as a tragedy and a cruel act from God…
… turned out to be the signal, by which people could come to rescue him.
Even though he had received a rescuing hand, the first time, from the shipwreck…
… he needed a “repeat” intervention, to realise and deepen the awareness of the Providential Presence of God in his life.
What about us?
Are we also in need of a “repeat” intervention from the Lord…
… for a greater commitment and dedication to our life of faith?
The Gospel of the Day is the beautiful and unique incident of a blind man, experiencing a “repeat” intervention from the Lord…
… and obtaining total healing and cure.
When Jesus arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to Him a blind man.
Jesus takes aside this blind man, and begins the process of healing…
… a process that takes place in two stages.
Jesus first places His Hands on him and enquiring whether he sees anything
The man replied: “I see people looking like trees and walking” (Mk 8: 23-24)
Then Jesus laid His Hands a second time…
… and he saw clearly, with his sight restored. (Mk 8: 25)
This two-step process of healing is a great reminder to us…
… that Jesus was in perfect control of the healing process
… that faith in Jesus is not a one-time event; rather a process that could extend to different stages
Jesus, the great Healer, Who had healed many, with His One Word…
…now also demonstrates that when human beings go through a stage of “not seeing fully, but only men walking as trees”, He is still in perfect charge of the situation.
Jesus, the great evoker of Faith, Who had instilled confidence and hope in many…
… now also demonstrates that growing in faith in Him, is a gradual process.
The blind man, in the context of the Gospel of St Mark is also a figure of the Disciples of Jesus…
… who were with the Lord for quite sometime
… and yet failed to understand Him and His ministry (Cf. Mk 8:14-21)
… and would gradually go through a process of growing in their faith in the Lord
Each of us in life go through such situations and moments in life…
… when we are blind
… when, even with a touch of the Lord, “we see people looking like trees and walking”
Problems and difficulties often clout our vision
Experiences of an encounter with the Lord do keep our faith alive, though feeble
… In all such moments, we need another “touch” from the Lord.
Yes, we are all in need of a “repeat” intervention from the Lord!
As Christians, who have been “in faith” for long time, there are possibilities…
… when our life of faith loses its charm and charisma
… when our resolutions and promises lose touch of its initial fervour and zeal
… when our commitment and dedication fail to have the required enthusiasm and passion
In all such moments of “blind moments” and “blurred vision”…
… we need a “repeat” intervention from the Lord!
Let us therefore, allow the Lord to touch us and experience His Healing Grace…
… to lead us out of blindness and blurredness into clarity of faith and trust.
St James gives the clear instruction that our faith ought not to be merely in words…
… rather, should be translated into everyday actions of service
“But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer…
… he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away, and at once forgets what he was like!” (Jas 1:22-24)
Our “blurry faith without service” needs to be have a “retouch” by the Lord to have the “clearer vision of working for the Glory of God!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
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Death is transformed by Christ.
Jesus, the Son of God, also himself suffered the death that is part of the human condition.
Yet, despite His anguish as He faced death, He accepted it in an act of complete and free submission to his Father’s will.
The obedience of Jesus has transformed the curse of death into a blessing (CCC # 1009)