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Wednesday in the 6th Week of the Church Year.Jesus cures blind man icon

Saint for the day: St. Conrad of Piacenza (1290-1350)

Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy:

James 1:19-27

Psalm 15

Mark 8:22-26

“Know this … everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger for anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19)

A variation on the above quote might be: “Engage your mind (or heart) before you put your mouth in gear!” I’m sure that many of us have been on the other side of someone’s anger lashed out at us for apparently no real reason. It makes me go back to St. Dominic’s saying, “I wish only to speak to or about God!”   

man reflects Jesus sqIn today’s first scripture reading from the letter of James he also uses the image of looking at ourselves in a mirror and then, immediately forgetting what we look like. That couples in nicely with today’s Holy Gospel where Jesus heals a blind man who only gradually realizes that he can see. Our ability to see is no where near as good as most animals but we are surprisingly good at jumping to conclusions by our first, scant look at things.   In today’s Holy Gospel, Jesus takes the blind man outside the village and then begins to heal him. After the man receives his sight Jesus told him, “Do not even go into the village!”(Mark 8:26)   Two things that our Scripture Readings give us today: always keep an honest image of who you are.   That’s not a demeaning statement and in no way a put-down but, rather, a healthy way for us to respond to the fact that God looks deep into our lives and sees His reflection – albeit, a ‘work in progress!”   We’re all like the blind man in today’s Holy Gospel: “I can see … but not quite clear, yet,” just another reminder that we’re all on the way and not there yet. When Jesus tells the man not to go back to the village, He’s reminding him not to slip back into his former way of life. Even though he’s seeing dimly, as in a mirror he needs to keep going. “From glory to glory, He’s changing me from earthly things to the Heavenly.” (Scripture 1:2345)   

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