Have you ever gone a long time without contacting a friend, or family member? You two were inseparable growing up and knew everything about one another. Then one day, you lose contact, don't really know what's going on in their life other than through Facebook. You two barely speak. Then one day, you get a random text from them asking how you are. You become reacquainted and get caught up. Then the cycle continues again. However, you both know for a fact that if things go wrong, or things go right, you will always be able to rely on each other, no matter what.
This type of situation can make one sad, for losing contact, not really knowing your friend as much anymore. Yet, it is a happy thought that no matter where life goes, you can always return to that friendship, and rely on one another. Do you ever have this type of relationship with God? You are on a spiritual high, you pray to God every chance you get in a day, go to mass, and even join in with praise and worship. I usually feel like this especially after a faith conference such as Steubenville. There's so many people praising God, that you feel undoubtably connected and inspired in your faith. But then, you get back to the business of life, through work and family and every chaotic thing in your day, that you completely forget about your faith. You lose that connection, become momentarily blinded by the sin and chaos of the world that brings us away of feelings of grace and peace in God.
In today's Gospel we read:"And they came to Beth-sa'ida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, 'Do you see anything?' And he looked up and said, 'I see men; but they look like trees, walking.' Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly. And he sent him away to his home, saying, 'Do not even enter the village'"(Mark 8:22-26). We are often like this blind man. We think we can see the goods and important things in life, yet we are blinded. Only through our relationship with God will we see the true value in our life, will we feel true peace. So no matter how many times we lose our way when it comes to trusting in God, He will always take us back, and will help us see the light, find our purpose. Don't be led astray, stay connected in your faith.
Today's prayer comes from 'belief net', a prayer for searching for God:
O Lord my God, Teach my heart this day where and how to see you, Where and how to find you. You have made me and remade me, And you have bestowed on me All the good things I possess, And still I do not know you. I have not yet done that For which I was made. Teach me to seek you, For I cannot seek you Unless you teach me, Or find you Unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, Let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, Let me love you when I find you. Amen.