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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Reflection 2021-02-12 Friday Week 6 in Ordinary Time

Genesis 3:1-8; Psalm 32; Mark 7:31-37
The last verse from yesterday’s First Reading tells us: the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. This is the effect of original innocence. The towards the end of today’s reading, we read: then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. This is the effect of original sin. If we look at the First Reading, nothing changed in the environment. They were still in the garden. But what happened was they disobeyed God and their innocence was destroyed. When the man decided to eat the fruit, he rejected the authority of God and choose to be his own authority. Because of this, his view of their nakedness changed. The man decided his nakedness was bad, which is why the passage tells us, the eyes of both were opened. Before the rebellion, they saw things through the eyes of God. After the sin, they saw things through their eyes. They saw nature as distorted. What was good a few hours ago, became evil because man decided it is so. The saddest thing is when they heard God walking in the garden, the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. From someone who ruled over creation, the man and his wife cowered in fear.
This is the effect of sin. It makes us afraid of God. It makes us think less of who we are. It makes us not see the goodness of God.
This is why Jesus came: to destroy the works of the devil, first of which is the loss of man’s real perspective of God. When we think God is someone who is waiting to punish us, or when we think God does not care, this is the work of the demon and we need to reject this because this is not true. The truth is God loves us and to prove it to us, he sent his Son to set us free. The Gospel tells us another incident where Jesus healed a deaf man who had a speech impediment. Notice how Jesus healed him. He took the man aside and put his fingers onto his ears and spat and touched his tongue. When we come to Jesus for healing, he takes us aside from others, because that is how he deals with us. God is a personal God. He wants to have a relationship with us. Jesus also touched the man’s ears and spat and touched the man’s tongue. Jesus is not afraid to enter our pain and suffering because he comes to deliver us from these and the only way to deliver us from pain and suffering is to touch them and enter them.
If you are suffering, or in pain, or sick, come to Jesus. Tell our Lady to bring you to him, so he can touch you and enter your situation and heal it. The healing may not be in the way you expect, but Jesus will heal you however he thinks is best.
Lord, I come to you, and surrender my sin, my suffering, my pain so you can touch them and enter them and heal me. Come Lord, as I surrender my life to you.

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