Scripture reflection for the readings for Sunday, October 29, 2006. In today's Gospel reading from Mark, a blind man keeps calling out to Jesus and asking him to have pity on him and heal him. Others nearby just ask him to be silent. Then Jesus hears him and calls him. People then said to him, "Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you." He then ran to Jesus, who asks him "what do you want me to do?" The man says he wants to see and Jesus says, "go on your way, your faith has saved you."
You can reflect on this reading in many different ways. An obvious one is that the blind recognized and believed in Jesus while those with sight doubted. But my mind went elsewhere. Last night I read in Jules' blog "Mazed with Grace" the following quote from Marianne Williamsom, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." That got me thinking. To what degree are we blind to our strengths, to our talents, and to the wonderful divine potential within us? With God's gifts we are powerful beyond measure, can face anything, and can make such an amazing impact on people. But we are blind to it, and to some degree we are afraid to not be blind. Once we know, we will have an obligation to do something with it. When we timidly ask, others tell us to be silent.
Jesus is calling us. Calling us to get up and run to him. Calling us to see who we truly are and to see how we can be God's hands and God's voice here on earth. We may need a friend to nudge us like someone nudged the blind man. "Take courage, get up, Jesus is calling you!" When we run to him, he will heal us of our blindness, we will experience the joy of authenticity, and the ecstasy of living as channels of God's grace.
Jesus, have pity on me, and heal me from my blindness! God bless!