God in Our Daily Life
Tuesday - March 24 - Read John 9:5-12
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
Some people want spirituality to be an “escape” from the normal stuff of life. Some become ascetics, rejecting the pleasures of the physical world in order to focus on “spirituality.” Instead Jesus uses the basic, ordinary stuff of saliva to spit in the dirt and make mud. Then he takes that mud and wipes it on the blind man’s eyes. He uses this ordinary mud to enter into the reality of this man's life and “anoint” his eyes. God is still doing this. God enters into our ordinary lives and gives “ordinary” blessings of parents to care for children. He gives the “normal” stuff of spouses to serve and encourage each other. He gives daily jobs to provide for families and “ordinary” gifts like glasses and contact lenses to provide sight! Most of all God gives the “basic” stuff of forgiveness, the Bible, and the Sacraments to give us His promise of eternal life and salvation! God does amazing work with "ordinary" stuff!
Dear Heavenly Father, enter into my ordinary life and provide the blessings that You have promised. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and speak to me through Your Word. Help me to appreciate the "daily bread" that You provide. Forgive me and strengthen so that I might share Your goodness and grace with others in my daily life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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