FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time
February 19, 2020
WORD of the DAY
When they arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man and begged him 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 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. (Mark 8: 22-26)
How shall I live this Word?
The blind man is one of the figures that the Gospel elevates to a model. In fact, only when one comes to recognize one’s own blindness – Jesus tells us – can he put himself in the condition of being truly healed. Already in ancient extra-biblical culture divine wisdom was described as inversely proportional to the physical ability to see: the wise man was generally a blind man.
The blind man of Bethsaida is an exemplary figure because he is capable of carrying out a careful and meticulous introspection. He is mercilessly severe with himself and knows how to make himself an extremely clear self-diagnosis: like someone who brings the medical records of the latest tests to the doctor, and testifies to a constantly improving state of health. Recognizing oneself for what one is constitutes the first act for a change of life.
I want to give up today a journey of “do it yourself”, to one of faith, relying on the support and care of those who can help me open my eyes more and more. The motherhood of the Church, which is a community in which God’s love circulates, will not make me lack the means to verify my path.
The voice of Silvano Fausti
When God made man, he said to him, “See, man, I have nothing in particular to give you. All the others have their species, they have their place. You have the elements of the animal inside you, but you are not an animal. I’ll give you one thing: you can become anything you want according to your free will. You are like a chameleon. You can be mineral, vegetable, animal, you can be a reasonable man like angels, or you can even be God. Everything is left to you.”
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