Today's section of Mark's Gospel invites us to join Jesus "on the way." Jesus has turned his face towards Jerusalem and is from this point on heading steadily toward Jerusalem and the cross. This journey "on the way" is framed by the theme of having eyes to see, of having blind eyes opened. Jesus shares his Messianic identity for the first time with the twelve, but they do not see. Jesus tried to open their eyes but they remained closed and misunderstand what he is saying and doing. Mark does not want us to be left believing that Jesus ministry fails. For there are people who do have their eyes open and are able to see.
The Call to Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, Day 39They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 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.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’ Mark 8:22-26
Today's healing story occurs after Jesus has been asked for a sign and has been traveling with the disciples who don;t understand about the bread. They see only one loaf of bread and believe there is not enough to eat. So when Jesus arrives in Bethsaida, a blind man begs him to touch him. Jesus leads him out of the village and then uses spit and laying on of hands to heal him. When asked if he can see, the blind man says I see men, but they look like trees walking. He sees but not clearly. So Jesus lays hands on him again and he now is able to see clearly.
Sometime we are like the blind man and the disciples; we can see but we don't quite see everything. We see but we don't understand. We have asked God to help us and we get a glimpse but everything is still a little fuzzy. But the thing about God, is God comes back again. God is a God of second chances and will makes things clearly, little by little. God will always come back to open our eyes to help us see the world with the eyes of Jesus' heart.
Open the eyes of my heart lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you