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REFLECTION CAPSULE | Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

✝️ REFLECTION CAPSULE FOR THE DAY – November 15, 2021: Monday

“Seeking the Lord of Light in our moments of darkness and blindness!”

(Based on 1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 and Lk 18:35-43 – Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time)

Every person in the world faces a moment of darkness.
>> Some of us get encompassed by it.
>> Some of us get dejected by it.

The Gospel of Day presents the healing of a blind man.
> The blind man, faced immense darkness, but did not allow to get encompassed or dejected by it.

Let us travel with him through this exciting journey of moving from “Tamas”(darkness) to “Jyothi”(light)…


These blind man takes us through four stages of a spiritual life:

1. A State of Blindness

The man was stuck with blindness.
There is no idea as to when or how or why he became blind.

>> Maybe he was blind from birth.
>> Maybe he was blind due to some sickness as he grew up
>> Maybe he was blind as a result of some accident or calamity

The reasons for his blindness is unknown

Perhaps, many of us are in a state of blindness….
>> Blindness of being rejected and not accepted…
>> Blindness of inferiority complexes…
>> Blindness of inner brokenness…
>> Blindness of family crisis…

Some of us maybe experiencing this darkness from the time of our birth.
> Some of us maybe experiencing this darkness due to calamities striking our lives as we grew


2. A State of Seeking

A life of blindness meant a life of total dependence on others…
…at times facing the ire of the people…at times facing the rejection of the people.

> The blind man could have become dejected and totally depressed.
> He could have given up in life and cursed their destiny.

But the blind man, did not allow the darkness to cloud his lives.
>> He probably would have heard about Jesus and the wonders He had done.
>> He sought with hope, the One who could banish his darkness.
>> His sought with faith, the One who could heal his gloominess.


Our state of blindness should not become a hindrance to seek the Lord.
>> We need to seek the Lord with our entire being…
>> We need to seek the plan of God and His providential care in our shadows..
>> We need to seek the road ahead with Hope and Faith in His Divine plans…


3. The State of Faith

The blind man, after making a deliberate choice to seek the Lord, expressed his deep faith in the healing power of the Lord.

The Lord makes a test of his trust and hope in Him.

“What do you want me to do for you?”
He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight” (Lk 18:41)

Our seeking for the Lord, needs to be supplemented greatly with the vitamin of Faith!
>> Delays in our prayer requests, should become an incentive to grow deeper in faith.
>> Addition of more problems in life, ought to be a moment to have more faith in Him


4. The Stage of Proclamation

The blind man, who was healed by Jesus, now, was filled with tremendous joy and enthusiasm.
> His happiness is so much overflowing, that he goes beyond the words of Jesus, and proclaims His wonderful miracle to the peoples.

“And immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God” (Lk 18: 43)

> Once we are touched by the Lord, our happiness would know no bounds.
> Once we are healed by the Lord, our enthusiasm would get highly contagious.

The Blind man in the Gospel take us through these four stages…
The Stage of Blindness… The Stage of Seeking…the Stage of Faith…the Stage of Proclamation.

Let us be inspired and challenged by him

>> Let us seek the Lord of Light in our darkness.
>> Let us seek the Lord of healing in our sicknesses.
>> Let us seek the Lord of holiness in our blindness.


God Bless! Live Jesus!

– Fr Jijo Jose Manjackal MSFS
📧 Email ID: _reflectioncapsules@gmail.com
Bengaluru, India

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📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
THE CHURCH IS HOLY
>> The Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real though imperfect.”
>> In her members perfect holiness is something yet to be acquired: “Strengthened by so many and such great means of salvation, all the faithful, whatever their condition or state – though each in his own way – are called by the Lord to that perfection of sanctity by which the Father himself is perfect.
>> Charity is the soul of the holiness to which all are called: it “governs, shapes, and perfects all the means of sanctification.”
>> St Therese of Child Jesus said, “If the Church was a body composed of different members, it couldn’t lack the noblest of all; it must have a Heart, and a Heart BURNING WITH LOVE!
>> This love alone was the true motive force which enabled the other members of the Church to act; if it ceased to function, the Apostles would forget to preach the gospel, the Martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. LOVE, IN FACT, IS THE VOCATION WHICH INCLUDES ALL OTHERS; IT’S A UNIVERSE OF ITS OWN, COMPRISING ALL TIME AND SPACE – IT’S ETERNAL!” (CCC # 825-826)
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