Partial Seeing And Believing

– Wednesday 6th Week in Ordinary Time –

‘He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.”’   [Mark 8:23-24]

In the previous passage Jesus had just warned his disciples about their lack of faith and even when he tried to explain it to them, they lacked understanding. And today we are in this unique scenario where Jesus partially heals someone in the first instance.

Normally Jesus instantly heals with a touch or with a command but in this instance he uses a substance and questions the effectiveness of the healing. The blind man answers that his sight is partially restored but not fully there yet.

We, like the disciples, often have a lack of faith or belief in what God is doing in our lives. The partial healing was directed to the disciples who ‘partially’ saw Jesus in his full glory, but they did not fully see.

The invitation is for us to have our eyes fully open to see how God sees. It’s also a reminder that only God can heal and transform. Like the people that brought the blind man to Jesus, our mission is to bring others to Christ, with a full belief that He has the power to help, but it is ultimately Jesus that performs the healing.

So often, we can miss the simplest ways in which God moves. Today let’s ask for full sight, to see and to believe.


by Arnie Hurdoyal

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