By Tara K. E. Brelinsky
Before the pandemic completely seized the world, a Sunday gospel reading detailed the healing of a blind man in Mark 8:22-26. In the parable, Jesus grasped the man’s hand and led him outside of the village. Then, after applying spittle on the affected eyes, Jesus asked the man if he could see. Indeed the man could see; however, his sight was still not completely restored; he could only, “see men, but they look like trees, walking.” So, Jesus touched the man’s eyes again and finally the man was fully healed.
I have to admit I wasn’t altogether cognizant of the meaning of this parable. Why, I wondered, had Jesus not simply healed the blind man’s eyesight all at once? Certainly, He could have.