Gospel of Mark 8:22-26 Refection:
In today’s Gospel we have Jesus using a bit of his spittle to heal a blind man. At the first attempt it does not work fully and the man can only see shapes and shadows but Jesus touches him a second time and the man is healed.
The first point is that there is nothing wrong with Jesus as a healer: he does not need two attempts to make a man well, so what is the lesson here?
Some people look at the story and say that the man’s faith was not strong enough. That is a fair interpretation of the story. However there is another way of seeing understanding this incident.
Perhaps Jesus is showing us something about our own lives. It may be that he is saying that in the physical world things do not always happen as they are supposed to or as we think they should. There may be times when we have to keep working at something and persist in our efforts rather than expect answers and solutions at the first attempt.
If we look at the reading in this way, Jesus is telling us that there may be times when God asks us to use our own efforts and persistence to get to a solution of a problem. Life is always about effort and straining to do what God wants us to do....sometimes he may only be asking us to wait a while and try a little longer.