Daily Gospel Reflection for February 19, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:22-26

Do you ever feel blind in your daily life? Do you feel the monotony of daily life get to you as you run the kids to school and activities, cook, work, clean, do laundry, and pay bills? In that humdrum routine it can be very difficult to see God at work in our lives. Today’s reading focuses on the healing of a man who was physically blind, but it reminded me of how blind I can be to God in my vocation.

Americans are very busy people. We are always running from one thing to another. One way to “see clearly” is to thank God throughout the day. Create an attitude of gratitude. While folding laundry thank God for the clothes that so many do not own. When doing dishes, thank God for the food that was on those plates. When the children are yelling at one another, stop and thank God for the children He has so lovingly entrusted to you.

Throughout Scripture, Jesus Christ gives thanks to the Father. Whenever He breaks bread, He gives thanks. He is teaching us to be thankful for all that the Father gives us. In order to live fuller lives we must be able to appreciate all that we have in our daily lives. Do I see God, as I go about my daily tasks? Do I truly see my daughter when she is being difficult or am I blind to God in her and the blessing she is for me? In being grateful, we will discover that our blindness is healed.

Ponder:

Are there areas of my life where I lack gratitude? What are my blessings? Count them.

Pray:

Pray: Lord, help me to see you in all things in my life. Help me to fight ingratitude so that I may be open to You in my life. Give sight to me in the areas of my life where I am blind.

Copyright 2014 Constance Hull

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  1. When I discovered how powerful gratitude is, I couldn’t believe it. It was like pouring gas on a pile of wood and then throwing the match. The pile of wood representing latent joy and the fire from gratitude feeding it. I have never known such joy in my life as when I am grateful to God for his gifts to me. It’s gotten me into the habit of thanking him for everything, even the smallest thing, and even when I don’t see a direct correlation. He has his hand in everything I do so everything deserves thanks. Thanks your great reflection.

  2. I love your reflection Constance, and it is such a beautiful echoing not only of the gospel, but also of today’s first reading from James 1. I loved this part of that reading: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
    For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
    he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.
    He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets
    what he looked like.
    But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres,
    and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts;
    such a one shall be blessed in what he does.”

    Thank you for leading us in such a beautiful prayer today. You are a blessing!

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