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The good news for the day February 15 2017

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (337)

When Jesus and his followers came into the village of Bethsaida, some people brought him a blind man begging Jesus to touch him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him by himself—outside the village. Putting some saliva on the man’s eyes Jesus laid his hands on the man and asked, “Do you see anything at all?” Looking up the man replied, “I see people but they look like trees walking.” Then he put His hands on the man’s eyes a second time and now the man saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything clearly. Then he sent him away home and said, “Do not even go back into the village.” (Mark 8)

The symbolic gestures and involvement Jesus uses were, in fact, things that wandering healers of the time used to heal people. Jesus is being presented as a traditional healer.  Notice—there is no mention of faith here, no request by the man himself, no mention of God, or Father, whatsoever. It is as though this event comes to us independent of faith, religion, or the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a simple cure with no frills.

The point, therefore, is NOT the cure. The point is humility. Unlike someone else who might need advertising for his powers, a reputation to be gained by publicity, and get some “fame and fortune” by miracle-working—that sort of thing—Jesus tells the cured man to fade back into humanity, to be ordinary!

It is not the external miracles of life that are important. Not ego. Not wealth. Not fame and praise and power over others. No, what is important is DOING the will of our Father—curing the sick, visiting the imprisoned, sheltering the homeless, taking in the stranger and the wanderer. It is the hidden miracles, the unheralded kindness, the moment of gracious forgiveness—these matter. It takes courage at times to bite your tongue and not broadcast or whisper your achievements, your good effect in a hurt world—but it is the change that is important—not who did it. In the end, we all are Children of Our God, and do what we can.  And that poverty of spirit enables you to live within the kingdom of heaven.

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