Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 16, 2011

Liz Halfmann

Sophomore, Theology and Social Work Double Major,
Spanish Minor

Gn 8:6-13, 20-22
Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Mk 8:22-26

"Looking up the man replied, 'I see people looking like trees and walking.'
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly."-Mark 8: 24-25

About four years ago, my brother started wearing glasses. Describing his first experience at the optometrist, my mom told me, “It was crazy—David didn’t realize he couldn’t distinguish the trees on the other side of the highway until the doctor let him test some glasses. Then, when he could see clearer, David exclaimed, ‘Holy cow, look at all of that!’”

I imagine the blind man in today’s Gospel having a similar experience to my brother. Jesus, rolling up his sleeves, spit on his hands and touched the blind one’s eyes, causing him to see. And see he did…although not clearly at first. Yes, he could see, but things were blurry. Not until Jesus clarified his vision and asked him to look again could the formerly blind man see well.

How many times do I think I can see clearly the paths on which I am walking, only to find out I am misinterpreting the gifts God has given me along my journey? Just like the blind man and my brother, I think I can see clearly and just fine on my own, but there is so much more beauty God wants me to see if I let him lead and clarify my sight so I can understand.

So today, let us try putting on our glasses, or letting Jesus rub some more spit in our eyes (whichever metaphor you prefer) and let ourselves realize with clarity and understanding what we may have been missing all around us.

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