Jesus Helps the Blind to See

Text: Mark 8:22-33

Reflection and Question: The parallels between the two parts of this passage are striking. Jesus touches the blind man’s eyes but the blind man reports that he sees people who are like trees walking. Similarly, Jesus asks who the disciples think he is and they first say, “Elijah, John the Baptist or one of the prophets.” Eventually the blind man sees clearly, and Peter gives the right answer — that Jesus is the Messiah. Our difficulties in seeing and understanding Jesus’ teaching and example are laid bare here. When have you struggled to understand the meaning of Jesus’ teachings in your own life?

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, You are the Messiah who died and rose again. Show us the same patience You have toward the blind man and the disciples. Help us to see Your teachings clearly so that we may receive Your blessing, not Your rebuke. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).