On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 20, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The promise of new life is given to all who wait patiently on the Lord. The great and powerful sign of His love and new life can been seen as we gaze upon the wood of the cross in which our Lord Jesus Christ hung for us. He became for us the tree of life. The sign of our hope and redemption. When we see this through the eyes of faith, we can begin to live fully in rightful praise and worship of the Lord our God.

The Lord is touching you today, open your eyes, what do you see? Do you not see Him carrying the cross to calvary for you? He is touching you again, what do you see? Do you not see the glory of the Risen Lord present before you telling you not to return to your old ways, sin no more and share His love with all?

In my darkness you came O Lord and Your redeeming light shone upon me! I see you Lord, I see You. What joy it is to live in Your love. Amen

First reading

Genesis 8:6-13,20-22 †
The dove returns

At the end of forty days Noah opened the porthole he had made in the ark and he sent out the raven. This went off, and flew back and forth until the waters dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove, to see whether the waters were receding from the surface of the earth. The dove, finding nowhere to perch, returned to him in the ark, for there was water over the whole surface of the earth; putting out his hand he took hold of it and brought it back into the ark with him. After waiting seven more days, again he sent out the dove from the ark. In the evening, the dove came back to him and there it was with a new olive-branch in its beak. So Noah realised that the waters were receding from the earth. After waiting seven more days he sent out the dove, and now it returned to him no more.
It was in the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life, in the first month and on the first of the month, that the water dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the hatch of the ark and looked out. The surface of the ground was dry!
Noah built an altar for the Lord, and choosing from all the clean animals and all the clean birds he offered burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelt the appeasing fragrance and said to himself, ‘Never again will I curse the earth because of man, because his heart contrives evil from his infancy. Never again will I strike down every living thing as I have done.

‘As long as earth lasts,
sowing and reaping,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
shall cease no more.’

Gospel

Mark 8:22-26
The blind man was cured and could see everything distinctly

Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, and some people brought to him a blind man whom they begged him to touch. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked, ‘Can you see anything?’ The man, who was beginning to see, replied, ‘I can see people; they look like trees to me, but they are walking about.’ Then he laid his hands on the man’s eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could see everything plainly and distinctly. And Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

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