This is the second reflection I’ve written on this Gospel for this site. If you receive these reflections through your inbox, perhaps you noticed. Last Monday’s reflection was meant for today. I submitted the wrong one. Checking the app that morning, I thought, “Oh no! How could this happen? We have to fix this before everyone sees it!”

Then, I thought of today’s Scripture. (Again.) The blind man is aware of what he lacks, and he asks Jesus, in front of everyone, for what he’s missing. I, on the other hand, don’t want to be lacking anything, and as a people-pleasing perfectionist, I certainly don’t want people to know when I make a mistake.

So, (again), I imagined Jesus asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

I ask for the grace I seek, a grace which I spend most of my time pretending I don’t need, “Lord, let me see that it is okay to not have it all together all the time.”

—Lauren Hackman-Brooks is a Chaplain in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago – Health Sciences Division; she serves on the Board of Directors at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House and the Advisory Board of Jesuit Connections.


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