February 15, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Claude La Colombiere, Priest
Gn 8: 6 - 13, 20- 22 / Mk 8: 22- 26
St. Claude La Colombiere (1641 -1682), French Jesuit priest, supported St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 -1690) in spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gn 8:20- 22
Noah built an altar to Yahweh and, taking some of all the clean animals and all the clean birds, he offered burnt offerings on it. Yahweh smelled the pleasing aroma and said to himself: "Never again will I curse the earth because of man, even though his heart is set on evil from childhood; never again will I strike down every living creature as I have done. As long as the earth lasts, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease to be."
GOSPEL READING: Mk 8:22- 26
When they came to Bethsaida, Jesus was asked to touch a blind man who was brought to him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
When he had put spittle on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked, "Can you see anything?" The man, who was beginning to see, replied, "I see people! They look like trees, but they move around." Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again and the man could see perfectly. His sight was restored and he could see everything clearly. Then Jesus sent him home saying, "Do not return to the villages."
Jesus calls each one of us to a journey of faith in and with him. In this journey he reveals himself to us a bit at a time. We do not see the complete picture at once but, with faith and trust in him and his goodness, we continue journeying with him even in difficult times.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus cures the blind man in stages: first, the blind man begins to see men like walking trees and, after Jesus touches his eyes, he could see perfectly. Why a miracle in steps? Perhaps Jesus wanted to teach us how he deals with us.
Some say, "Faith is believing in what we do not see, and the result of faith is seeing what we believe in."
In my own life, faced with the difficult situation of the death of my husband, I had to hang on in faith that God would take care of me. And indeed with new beginnings and challenges, with new opportunities to love and be loved, somehow the death of my loved husband has brought me into a closer and deeper relationship with God.
Although I continued to struggle with the loss of my husband and with loneliness, this journey with God has been beautiful, with God leading and showing himself day by day.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
AIMEE SANTOS OCAMPO
BENEDICT T. SYLING (OCT 18,1917 - FEB 15, 1999)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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