Whoever touches you touches the apple of
Once we were all young.
And we dreamed a lot.
We were convinced that we would change
little world into a better place.
We were full of energy and enthusiasm.
We dreamed of a future more dynamic
our predecessors handed on to us.
Then 'life' came upon us
and wave after wave it shattered all
One blow after another.
We started learning that in life we
to be practical.
Slowly but surely we started yielding
Contenting ourselves with less and
Aiming lower and lower.
Our ideals became more and more feeble.
And we fell into a host of compromises.
We started reasoning that what is important
in life is to settle down.
A secure job, a family with two children,
a comfortable apartment,
enough money to put our mind at rest
in case something crops up.
What else can you expect in life?
Our life became more and more similar
the blind man of the Gospel.
He was blind all his life.
Now he was resigned to the fact that
remain blind all his life.
Perhaps when he was young, he did hope
he would heal one day,
He would stay there, at the side of
road, begging alms.
Expecting nothing from life…
Except that he would have some money
be left in peace.
Jesus passes by together with his apostles.
And Jesus does something.
This blind man did not even say a word
But Jesus spits on the ground, makes
with his spittle,
puts this paste on his eyes, and tells
"Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam".
Irritated, this blind man goes to wash
And as he did so, the cataracts fell
his eyes, and he started seeing again!
First time in his life, he saw!
When later he meets Jesus again,
He falls on his knees and worships
Jesus can be rough in his ways.
But this attitude is not only practical,
it is also necessary.
We suffer in life because we have a
idea of God.
We think that God is sweet, spongy,
A god who gives in to our whims and
us whatever we desire,
a soft, spineless God
is not real.
The God of the Scriptures is not so.
He is the God who tears down,
Since God loves us, He won't allow
to soften our lives,
to resign to a life caged in.
He created us to be free,
He created us for an adventure!
So He does not hesitate to put mud
so that we become conscious of our
This may arouse us to move towards
He does not mind hurting us
to force us to get on our feet
and realise that our lives can be much
We were created to see and not to be
So when you feel mud in your eyes
when you feel itchy and bumpy,
do not freak out.
This may be a very important moment
it could be the beginning of freedom!
"My child, do not scorn correction from
do not resent his reproof;
for Yahweh reproves those he loves,
as a father the child whom he loves.
Blessed are those who have discovered
Those who have acquired understanding!
Gaining her is more rewarding than
Her yield is more valuable than gold."
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