An odd healing

There is an odd healing story in the gospel reading for today:

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
“Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

Why does it take Jesus two tries to heal the man?  Well, one of the explanations I have heard has to do with the placement of the story.  Recall from yesterday that the disciples continue to misunderstand Jesus while they are on the boat.  This healing perhaps is a symbol of how the blindness of the disciples will only be removed in stages.  They will only come to truly understand Jesus much later.

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About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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