February 15, 2012
Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary
Father Scott Reilly, LC
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When Jesus and his disciples
arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man
and begged him to touch him. Jesus took the blind
man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on
him and asked, "Do you see anything?" Looking up he
replied, "I see people looking like trees and walking." Then
he laid hands on his 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe you are leading
me, but sometimes I sense insecurity creeping within me. So
I renew my confidence in you once more. I know
that you can desire only what is good for me.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally. In return, take my
love and my desire to please you in everything.
Petition: Deepen my humility and increase
my trust in you, dear Jesus!
1. Jesus Leads: From the very get-go, we push
ahead for self-sufficiency. Think of a little child who strives
to walk by himself, without his parents helping him keep
his balance. In the spiritual life, it’s the opposite: We
need to reach out to Christ for guidance, support and
strength. Admitting our faults can be a humbling, but fruitful
experience. Pride prevents us from doing this gracefully, but––have faith––if
we do, Jesus will unleash his power within our lives.
“Holiness is not in one exercise or another, it consists
in a disposition of the heart, which renders us humble
and little in the hands of God, conscious of our
weakness but confident, even daringly confident, in his fatherly goodness”
(St. Therese of Lisieux).
Patience, God has a Plan: “I want it now” is
a modern cliché. Our wanting it now, though, doesn’t always
work with God. His plan is a plan for our
greater good—even if it isn’t our plan. The blind man’s
sight wasn’t healed instantly, but gradually. How we want to
be holy now and never return to the valley of
filth and pride! Yet we seem to fall again and
again. Holiness is always a work in progress, but that
doesn’t faze Jesus. He knows the power his grace can
work in our lives. Simply turn your difficulties over to
him and keep trying. Our failures teach us to be
humble, and this can only bring us closer to God.
“This I know very well: although I should have on
my soul all the crimes that could be committed, I
would lose none of my confidence; rather, I would hasten,
with my heart broken into pieces by sorrow, to cast
myself into the arms of my Savior. I know how
greatly he loved the prodigal son; I have marked his
words to Mary Magdalene, to the adulterous woman, to the
Samaritan. No, no one could make me afraid, because I
know to whom to cling by reason of his love
and mercy. I know that all this multitude of offenses
would disappear in the twinkling of an eye, as a
drop in a roaring furnace” (St. Therese of Lisieux).
3. Humble Jesus: He tells the
man not to go into the village. Is Jesus afraid
or in a hurry? No, his humility simply beckons him
to move on quietly without anyone knowing. Jesus is fascinated
with humility and thus practices it. We, on the other
hand, love to get the credit; we crave recognition. Simply
enter a professional office and behold the recognition plaques lining
the walls like wallpaper. Jesus had no plaques; he had
only a reputation of doing good deeds. He teaches us
the power of purity of intention, which shuns any type
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, help me to abandon myself to
your care; I trust in you completely. Knowing that I
am weak and you are my strength gives me confidence.
Help me to keep in mind that I am little
and you are great. You are the one who deserves
the glory, and you ought to be the protagonist in
my life. Help me to go about quietly doing good
will make an act of charity, praying, “Jesus, I do
this only because I want to prove my love for