Reflection on the Gospel of the Wednesday
Mark 8: 22-26
What! Jesus had to touch Him twice? why? Was Jesus low on miracle doing charge or did He have poor reception with the Father? And why did He have to take the blind man away from the crowd? Wasn’t the stage set for another miracle that would give God glory and deepen the faith of the spectators in Jesus as being the anointed one of God? I had all these questions and more. I asked the Lord to help me understand the message He has for me in today’s gospel. And this I am share with you today.
Some people brought the blind man to Jesus to be touched. It was their faith that this man would be healed. Some of them must have witnessed the miracles done by Jesus and brought their blind friend, just like the faith of those who lowered their paralysed friend from the roof. Some believed the testimony of those who witnessed to them about Jesus and His works, and they must have come to see for themselves. Those who brought the blind man, loved him and therefore they BEGGED Jesus to heal him. What Jesus reminded me is that because of my own testimonies and my relationship with Him, I always go to Him with my concerns and seek Him when I need help and depend on Him, knowing full well that He is in control. Yet as a Christian, I have failed to Lead others to Jesus to experience Christ’s, redemptive love. I need to be sensitive to the spiritual needs of my brothers and sisters and lead them to Jesus, for He is the answer to all their problems and question.
Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out. Our Jesus is the Saviour of the World, yet He is also an individual God. I have failed to care for others when I am working in the community or in a group. I forget the individuality and the special gift God has given each one of them. As a mother also I have failed when I expect all my children to behave, act and respond in a particular way, failing to see what is really in their hearts and not being able to sense their individual needs and struggles. Jesus showed me How he lead the blind man away from the crowd and commotion around him to a place where He could be alone with the person of Jesus. Jesus could have healed him with just a command with a word from His mouth, but He touched him and led him gently, showing love and concern for him. Making him feel special and not someone who has to BEG for his healing. Jesus is inviting me today to help others to seek Jesus at an individual level. Seeking Jesus as their personal Saviour, healer and eternal Friend.
My dear family in Christ, it’s written in Scripture that the wise learn from the mistakes of the foolish. I thank God for showing me my foolishness and I thank God for all you people who are reading this reflection , and will harken to what God is individually leading each one of you to. May you be enriched by the lesson I have learnt from today’s gospel of paying attention to individuals and their Spiritual needs and help lead them to Jesus, our Way, the Truth and Life.
Lord help us to lead others to you in love and respect, Amen