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Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Gen. 8:6-13, 20-22 & Mk.8:22-26

Without water there can be no life on our planet. But from the story of Noah we witness its devastating effects. The story reveals that only God can control water and when it oversteps its bounds He alone can make it subside.

From the dove Noah learns that the flood has subsided and offers pleasing sacrifice to the Lord who smelt the sweet fragrance and said, “Never again will I strike down every living thing as I have done.”

The Gospel story shows Jesus helping a blind man to see. This story comes at an important point in Saint Mark’s narrative, at a time when the disciples seemed to be attempting to see just who Jesus was. Immediately after this incident, Peter was to make his declaration of faith, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus was loving and patient in His treatment of the blind man. He took his hand and led him away from the village to a quieter place where they could be together away from curious onlookers. He did not leave him until the cure was complete and the man could see perfectly clearly.

If we put our faith in Jesus, He can help us to see everything more clearly. We learn to know Him better, and we learn to see ourselves, with all our strengths and weaknesses. Only by seeing inside ourselves, with Jesus' help, can we begin to make changes and try to do away with our bad habits. Like the blind man who was cured, we shall have clear vision and a totally different approach to life. What we see with the eyes of faith we must put into practice in our lives.

Lord Jesus, open our eyes to see Who You are, and to follow You whole heartedly.

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