They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.”Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
You may have heard the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” The same is true in our lives. Often people—our family, friends, co-workers, religious community—encourage, cajole, or implore us to encounter those parts of our self which need to be healed. In addition, they may encourage us to encounter Jesus and ask for help. But whether we accept Jesus’ healing is our own choice. Others can guide and encourage us, but healing only comes when we are willing to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus, ask for healing, and accept Jesus’ healing touch.
—John Moriconi, S.J. is a Jesuit brother who serves as provincial secretary for the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit province.
Lord, if only we could penetrate our blind spots that keep us from fully living for you. If only we could have the courage to listen to those who may try to help us see in new ways. We accept your help. We will listen more closely; we will reflect more honestly. And we will see your goodness, hear your call, and move more confidently to serve you.
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