< <  

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

  > >
James 1:12-18
Psalm 94:12-15, 18-19
Mark 8:14-21

View Readings
Similar Reflections


"Are your minds completely blinded? —Mark 8:17

Jesus didn't ask the apostles if they were spiritually blinded, but if they were completely spiritually blinded. By sin, we not only cloud and impair our vision, we can destroy it completely. We can become so blind that although we see Jesus twice multiply loaves and fish to feed thousands, we still don't catch on (Mk 8:19-20). Our sin-blindness can be so devastating that it's as if we had no eyes (Mk 8:18). We can be so completely blinded we even try God's patience and lead Him to say again: "Do you still not understand?" (Mk 8:21)

How can we keep from going completely blind?

  1. Resist temptation even to the point of shedding our own blood (Heb 12:4).
  2. Ask the Spirit to convict you of sin (Jn 16:8).
  3. Read the Bible daily and use God's word to help you examine your conscience (see Jn 12:48).
  4. Go to Confession frequently, at least monthly.
  5. Attend Mass and receive the Eucharist as often as possible, even daily.

Obeying these simple instructions prevents sin-blindness. Also, by reading the daily Bible readings for the Eucharist, we can keep from going completely blind. If this book, One Bread, One Body, has been used by the Lord to keep you from blindness or open eyes already blinded, please write and tell us the good news.

Prayer:  Father, as a Parent, You grieve over the blindness of Your children. May I let You open my eyes.

Promise:  "Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit comes from above, descending from the Father of the heavenly luminaries, Who cannot change and Who is never shadowed over." —Jas 1:17

Praise:  Jennifer, a mother of a large family, rises each morning to pray and read the Bible well before her children arise.

Reference:  (We offer a Women's Retreat Mar. 20. Be renewed by the Lord, refreshed by the Spirit, and supported by others. Call 937-587-5464 to register.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009

The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.