We cannot walk the path alone but must be like the blind man whom Jesus took by the hand.

Posted in homily by frtonys on February 16, 2022

Today’s miracle story is told is probably the only miracle that takes place in stages. At first, by touching the man’s eyes with saliva, and laying 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.

By touching his eyes with saliva Jesus only half cured the man’s blindness, and only after a full laying on of hands was the man fully healed. There’s probably a lesson here for every kind of therapy. We are healed by stages.

The story suggests that our own growth to spiritual maturity comes in stages . We may need his healing spittle on our eyelids, to give us a more compassionate view of life. He can then gently lay hands on us until we get full insight and see everything in a new light. We could find more ways for helping others, finding the time and the resources to serve where we are needed.

We cannot walk the path alone but must be like the blind man whom Jesus took by the hand. This hand we clasp is leading us to salvation, just as Jesus led the blind man into a new way of seeing the world. We need to continue to clasp the hand of God in our daily lives, in the events of our lives and in all the people we encounter.

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