Posts Tagged ‘beginning something new’

Mark 8:22-26: Adjusting Our Vision

Monday, September 10, 2018

Written on January 11 and posted today as a favorite . . .

The January 10 Noontime struck a chord with a number of people; today the theme continues: We look at how we must give ourselves time to adjust to the newness of something.   Before we leap into action, clutching our new gift of sight, we must first allow Jesus to verify that what we are seeing . . . is what is actually before us to be seen.  We must calibrate our vision with God’s reality.

I love to watch Jesus heal; and I try to learn from his gentle, three-part triptych of interchange.  Jesus moves us forward through a process of deep and significant change . . . if we remain open to possibility.

Jesus often enters into dialog with us by asking, “What is it you want from me?”  He is humble enough to give us think-time and to genuinely ask about our own perception of who we are and what we believe we need from him.

He regularly makes certain that the newness of his healing is not overwhelming, that it does not throw us out of balance.  He is loving enough to know that we are easily knocked off center and confused when there is a change in our surroundings or in our method of interacting with the world.

And finally, Jesus makes certain that we know where to go and what to do next with our newness.  He is wise enough to know that we are most vulnerable when we are taking our first steps at anything.  Sometimes he warns us to say nothing to anyone.  At other times he recommends a visit to the priests for a final blessing.  Most often, there is the request that we allow the newness in us to change our lives and the lives around us for the better.

Today we see Jesus heal a blind man.  Being God, he knows that the miracle has taken place yet . . . he asks for the man’s impression:  Do you see anything?  When the man replies that people look like trees walking, Jesus lays his hands on him again.  This time the sight is true.  He could see everything distinctly. 

I am thinking about all of the times Jesus has brought me through a kind of blindness to see what is obvious.  What was once walking trees becomes people.  A fuzzy uncertainty becomes crystalline reality . . . God’s reality.  I must remember to always allow God to adjust my vision . . . for I do not want to mistake people for trees.

A re-post from August 10, 2011.

Image from: http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com/CWeb+Science_Health

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

PovertyPsalms 9:15-20

The Hope of the Poor

Jeremiah has given us so much to process; he lays out before us a reason for righteous anger . . . and he also proposes that a new order is coming.

The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.

Our own life experience tells us that the innocent suffer and the ungodly hold the upper hand.

The Lord is known by acts of justice; the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.

And our spiritual life tells us that we must leave judging and condemnation to God.

The wicked shall be given over to the grave, and also all the peoples who forget God.

Rather than preoccupy ourselves with the sins of the ungodly, let us work together to bring all peoples to God.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

God sees even the smallest of us and it is our great work to join God in solidarity with the poor.

Rise up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; let them be judged before you.

God sees even the smallest of our actions to remedy the plight of the poor.

Put fear upon them, O Lord; let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

Rather than pray for the end of our enemies, let us pray for their great conversion of heart.

God says: I realize that you live in a world of injustice. I understand that you want me to remedy even unbalance, each inequality, all corruption and lack of integrity. And that is the great work to which I call each of you. Join me in kingdom-building, in forgiveness and reconciliation. Join me in the greatest and most important work of your lives. Feed the physically poor. Tend to the spiritually poor. Aide the mentally poor. It is in so doing that you will come to see the beauty and worth of my kingdom. It is in so doing that you will put aside your anger and fear. It is in so doing that you will discover the serenity and peace of the kingdom. This is my new covenant with you. Reconcile yourself to me and begin anew, for in this is the hope of the poor. 

And the people reply . . . The Lord is known by acts of justice. Let us join the Lord in the great work of The Kingdom. Let us become, with the Lord, the hope of the poor.

Enter the word kingdom-building into the blog search bar and explore what kingdom-building work God might have in mind for each of us.

For information about poverty and health in the USA, click on the image above or go to: http://blog.oup.com/2013/11/poverty-public-health-united-states/

For a world rural poverty map, visit: http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org/region 

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