February 18

Reflection

“What do you want me to do for you?” In the gospel, we often hear Jesus asking this question. It paints him as open and compassionate to the needs of  whoever is speaking to him. In the case of the blind beggar, the man asks, ”Lord, that I may see!” It is a response that we can all make. We acknowledge that, in so many instances, our egoism blinds us. It causes us to act defensively or self-centeredly. It causes us to hurt others or to imagine our own hurts. We long for spiritual insight and conversion of heart. We seek the clarity of truth amid the confused perspectives around us. We know  that what we see daily, what is accepted as reality, is not all there is. We trust that Christ, who lived compassion, can restore our vision.

Prayer

Lord, that I may see!

Action

Reflect on Mark 10:46–52. What are your blind spots? What are some blind  areas in our societal perspectives? How can you see more clearly?

Suggested Reading

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Mark 10:46-52

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
Wayne Dyer

We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.
Blaise Pascal

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
Paulo Coelho

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

Learn to see, and then you’ll know there is no end to the new worlds of our vision.
Carlos Castaneda

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Helen Keller

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Jung

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

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