Mass Readings: James 1:19-27/Mark 8:22-26

Bit by Bit

There aren’t a lot of “boffo laffs” in the New Testament, but today’s Gospel always manages to get a smile out of me. Jesus rubs spittle on a blind man’s eyes (which is already a gesture fraught with great potential for humor) and asks the man if he can see. Then comes the punch line: “I see people looking like trees and walking.” I don’t care who you are, that’s a funny line. And, of course, it begs the question “Why did Jesus take two passes to heal the guy?”

The answer, as with all of Jesus’ miracles, is that this healing is a sign pointing to the working of grace in our lives. Sometimes, grace works by degrees and not instantly. We don’t just need to see. We need to learn to see.

Prayer: Jesus, give me the grace to see and to see what I’m seeing.