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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 20, 2019

Wednesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Gen 8:6-13, 20-22

Ps 115: 12-15, 18-19

Gospel MK 8:22-26


When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, “Do you see anything?” Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.” Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”


The Progressive Restoration of the Sight

 

Reflection: The cure of the blind person is unique. He is the first person to be healed in St Mark’s Gospel. While other miracles are performed in an instant, sight is here restored gradually, in two stages. Jesus repeats his gestures. He lays his hands on the blind person twice before he is able to see clearly.


The progressive restoration of the sight comes right after Jesus’ lamented the disciple’s continued lack of understanding and unbelief. It symbolizes the gradual enlightenment that will come to the disciples concerning the person and teachings of Jesus.


Discipleship is a gradual and personal transformation to the Master, Jesus. You are having the same mind of the Master (Phil: 2: 4-5). You are filled with new power, new energy and new enthusiasm. It is the anubhava (experience) of becoming like the Master.


Discipleship is a continuous process of becoming. It includes four stages – 1. Sadhyam – goal setting – discipleship. 2. Sadhana – means and techniques to achieve the goal, i.e. discipleship like prayer, mediation reflective reading spiritual exercises, silence etc. 3. Sidhi – achieved goal  4. Sidha – one has attained discipleship, or one who is enlightened. You are absorbed by the consciousness of the Master. Discipleship is a radical following of the master with an undivided heart and with unshakable determination who is totally available for God and for the people.


Fr Shepherd Thelapilly CMI


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