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Thursday, April 27: Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes

 

MarkThe Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.

Read Mark 8:22-26

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?"

He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around."

Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't even go into the village."

 

Reflect

Jesus never turned away anyone who needed him, whether they had a physical or spiritual need, or perhaps both. After he restored this blind man's sight, Jesus told him simply to go home and not to make his healing public right away. The commotion of a large crowd and a miraculous healing might have hindered the man and his friends from really seeing what Jesus had done.

Respond

We need Jesus to help us also see what's truly important. Our spiritual eyesight needs his touch to distinguish and then choose between comfort as we are in the present and boldness to step out in faith in the direction of our calling. Father, give us clear discernment and vision of your calling for us and the courage to follow you along that path. Amen.

 

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