Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 19, A.D. 2003

Genesis 8:6-13,20-22
Psalm 116:12-15,18-19
Mark 8:22-26


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Do you see anything?"

Jesus, the Great Physician of the soul and the healer of the sick uses this man to tell us something about spiritual healing. When Jesus touches us, we are healed. But sometimes, for reasons we may not be able to say, we resist the touch. When Jesus asks us deep within, "Do you see anything?" Our answer is parallel to the blind man's. The blind man says, "I see people looking like trees and walking." We sometimes say, "I see now that if I pray in just the right way, I'll get what I want."

Jesus wants us to see the supernatural world exactly as it is--not a system of rewards and punishments, not a magic all-rich Father, ready to shower us with material things at a moment's notice. It is the world in which our actions have their real meaning. It is the world in which we discover who we really are. Our only identity is in Christ Jesus, and as long as we are trying to "manipulate the system," we are half-blind to the reality of God's kingdom.

Next time Jesus touches you and heals you, do what you can to cooperate. Sometimes we can't help what we think and feel, but sometimes we can simply say, "Thank you," and like Peter's mother, get up and wait on the Lord and his servants. In this way, we will discover the reality of the kingdom, and will move from being half-blind to seeing truly.

- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

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