Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Mark 8:25 NABRE
Jesus and his disciples travel to a town called Bethsaida. Arriving, people bring a blind man to Jesus begging for Jesus’ touch to heal him. In the healing Jesus takes the man aside, leading him by holding his hand. This healing from Jesus requires physical contact, He spits on the man’s eyes and asks if he can see. The man’s vision is not completely clear and so Jesus lays His hands on Him a second time and his sight clears up perfectly. There are several things to note in this healing, first Jesus taking the man by hand and leading him; this is something we can expect of God. God wants to lead us, even if it requires guidance as if we are unable to see. Most likely when it comes to the spiritual life there is much we cannot see, so we must allow God to take us by the hand.
I am also struck that it takes a couple of touches by Jesus to bring the man’s vision to clear. Again the image of sight slowly becoming more focused and clear is common in our spiritual journey. How much we have to immerse ourselves in prayer, worship, fasting, good works, and silence to enter more deeply and more clearly into the life with God. Though God touches us and brings us to the spiritual life, it is not a onetime event, it takes an ever deepening journey into being Christ that allows our spiritual eyes to be opened and clearly viewing the world with the eyes of God. After the blind man sees, Jesus sends him home. We are called to be in our homes, fully seeing, and sharing the message that finally has come to us clearly.
How many times does Jesus have to touch you to see? Are you able to have God lead you?Though God touches us and brings us to the spiritual life, it is not a onetime event, it takes an ever deepening journey into being Christ that allows our spiritual eyes to be opened and clearly viewing the world with the eyes of God. Click To Tweet
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