Saint for the day: Claude de la Colombiere (February 2, 1641 – February 15, 1682)
Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22 – Psalm 116 – Mark 8:22-26
The Genesis story of the flood is a great story of re-creation. It takes us back to Gen 1: “The earth was a formless void & the spirit hovered over the waters.” Being “at sea” is a common term to depict confusion. The “waters of the deep” are a symbol of the unconscious. God is not only re-shaping the earth, but He is also re-forming man and bringing him to a new sophistication of understanding. Noah is now 601 years old!
In the Gospel, Jesus restores the sight of a blind man – but this miracle is done in stages: first the blind man only sees faintly –“people moving about like walking trees.” Our encounter with God is an ongoing process that gradually unfolds as long as we stay in relationship. It involves some times when we might feel as though we are “at sea” or as a sighted person who is somehow still blind; “I just don’t see what’s the point of going through all this rigmarole. What does it do?”
Ritual is an important part of all our ways of struggling to find the path that leads to Jesus. Sometimes God needs to “wipe out” a part of our lives in order for us to be able to “see” clearly the real path for our future. And all through the ups and downs of our journey to find Jesus the rites and rituals of our Catholic Faith are there to give us the support – from the outside – to help us more clearly see the path that leads to God. Prayer is the key to every aspect of our search for a deep relationship with Jesus. Try it! You’ll like it! Amen!