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Audience: 6;30am mass SBCA Church
Genesis 8:6-13,20-22; Mark 8:22-26
(Fr Aelred Nilo, OSB)

A young man was eager to grow in His Christian life. He got a piece of paper and made a list of all the things he would do for God. He wrote down the things he would give up, the places he would go to minister and the areas of ministry he would enter. He was excited. He took that list to the church and put it on the altar.

 

He thought he would feel joy, but instead he felt empty. So he went home and started adding to his list. He wrote down more things he would do and wouldn’t do. He took the longer list and put it on the altar, but still he felt nothing.

He went to a wise, old pastor, told him the situation and asked for help. The pastor said, “TAKE A BLANK SHEET OF PAPER. SIGN YOUR NAME AT THE BOTTOM. PUT THAT ON THE ALTAR.” The young man did, and then peace came to his heart.

Many of us complain about how busy we are and how overloaded modern life has become. So, we came up with innovations and inventions to speed things up thinking it will help us and enrich our lives. Today revving up the speed is often heralded as the answer to problems caused by our overly busy lives.

Does works at school and office consumed most of your time? Get a computer that's faster. Do you feel your life is spinning out of control? Increase your efficiency by learning to read and write faster. No time to enjoy life? Then, purchase any number of products advertised on television that promise to help you make meals faster, exercise faster, and finish all your time-consuming errands faster.

Sa Tamang Panahon Quote give us this advice, “MAY MGA BAGAY NA HINDI DAPAT MINAMADALI. DAHIL LAHAT NG NAGMAMADALI NAGKAKAMALI.”

Our scripture readings today show us the long, gradual process by which we come to the light of truth and the persistence to follow the way of truth. In the book of Genesis we learned the long period the flood needs to subside. THE EARTH MUST RUN ITS FULL COURSE BEFORE IT WILL RETURN TO ITS NORMAL STATE, IT CANNOT BE RUSHED. In our gospel story today Jesus first took the blind man, by the hand and led him outside the village. Then, away from the crowd, he put spittle on his eyes and touching the closed eyelids with his fingers, “his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.” In Mark’s gospel JESUS SHOWS US THE GRADUAL PROCESS OF FAITH.

Mark Twain wrote these insights for us to consider: “THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DAYS IN YOUR LIFE ARE THE DAY YOU ARE BORN AND THE DAY YOU FIND OUT WHY.”

Similarly an Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, explained our process of enlightenment this way:

“You have to follow the long, the hard way, if you cannot understand the shortcut. If you cannot take the jump, then you will have to get down by the ladder, rung by rung. Finally you reach the same place. One who jumped into the valley and one who has been coming down by a ladder, finally they reach the same point.”

Sa buhay natin may pangaral din ng ganito, “ANG PAGTANGGAP SA KATOTOHANANG ‘DI MO ALAM ANG LAHAT, ANG PROSESO NA MAGPAPALAYA SA ‘YO AT MAGBUBUKAS NG MARAMING OPORTUNIDAD PARA MATUTO.”

Our miracle story from Mark tells us that the poor blind man could not see the sorrow in Jesus’ eyes because of his sight disability. But could feel the clasp of Jesus’ hand and touch of his fingers. Jesus is not just conforming to common ritual practices but adapting himself to the human condition of need.

Hugot Pa More explained our life in this way, “Iba ang mabait sa tanga pero may mga tao na ginagawa kang tanga dahil alam nila na mabait ka. Kapag inabuso ka tapos natuto ka, sasabihin nila nagbago ka na.”

The blind man’s story teaches us how our Lord Jesus took great patience and consideration on our human weaknesses or blindness. Here we also learned that Jesus bonded with the blind man. Curing the blind in two stages tells us that “FAITH IS NOT ALWAYS AN INSTANTANEOUS LIGHT THAT FALLS UPON US, BUT RATHER A CERTAIN ITINERARY THAT TAKE US TO THE LIGHT AND ALLOWS US TO SEE CLEARLY.”

Hugot Kritiyano tells us, “SOBRANG GANDA NG PLANO NI LORD SA BUHAY MO, PERO MINSAN KAILANGAN MO LANG TALAGA PAGDAANAN ANG MAHIRAP NA PROSESO.”

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