< <  

Thursday, May 27, 1999

  > >

St. Augustine of Canterbury

Sirach 42:15-25
Psalm 33
Mark 10:46-52

View Readings
Similar Reflections

losing your social securities

"You have nothing to fear from Him! Get up! He is calling you!" —Mark 10:49

Because of our sins, we are in some way spiritually blind. By grace, we may begin "to call out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on' " us! (Mk 10:47) Then many things inside pressure us to be quiet (see Mk 10:48). What if Jesus did have mercy on us? What if He opened our eyes? We would see our sinfulness, our lives, and even reality. Moreover, healed blind people no longer qualify for the social securities of comforts, excuses, and sympathy. Then what would we do? We would need to repent. So it's best to keep quiet and to keep blind.

God's grace, however, prompts us to shout "all the louder, 'Son of David, have pity on' " us! (Mk 10:48) Jesus stops and calls us over (Mk 10:49). Now we're really in trouble. Jesus asks: "What do you want Me to do for you?" (Mk 10:51) With courage, we say: we "want to see" (Mk 10:51), even with all its frightening responsibilities. Jesus says to us: "Be on your way. Your faith has healed you" (Mk 10:52). Immediately, we receive our sight and start to follow Jesus as never before (see Mk 10:52). Do you have the love and faith to be healed of spiritual blindness? Do you have the guts to see?

Prayer:  Father, take away all the crutches in my life.

Promise:  "He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets." —Sir 42:19

Praise:  St. Augustine converted many in England to Jesus by miraculous signs and wonders.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998