Ptr. Oscar G. Ramos

22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”  Mark 8:22-26

This miracle was also a parable in action, designed to teach the disciples that full sight of riches of God in Christ does not come at once. In this situation, the blind man’s sight came back in stages. The man had his sight restored- the physical healing, but then he needed his interpretative abilities to be restored, so that he could process the gestures his eyes were getting. He could see, his eyes were healed, but he needed his visual abilities healed as well in order to interpret what he was seeing.

Jesus is not concern only with physical healing: he concern for the whole person. The man in the parable on the second touch, does not only have his physical sight restored, but is given a tackling ability to ensure that his sight is useful to him and his capability to interpret was also restored.

God is not interested in simply healing people as part of a kind of showing his capability, to impress and entertain everyone and to demonstrate his power for the sake of him to be known. I think, Mark included this story in his gospel to show Jesus’ warning about the “yeast of the Pharisees”, the constant obsession with the outward.

Jesus has come declaring a Kingdom in which God’s perfect will is done, a Kingdom in which the eyes of the blind are opened to see and experience that – Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the chosen one of God. Many people just don’t see that. Like the Pharisees, the guardians of tradition and of the Law, are unable to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. They have their own ideas of what the Messiah will be like, they have their own set of doctrines, their own carefully compiled lists of rules and regulations and Jesus just does not fit into all of those. Their minds are closed, so with their eyes.

Even in this present time amongst us, for some He is a great teacher, for others He is a wonderful example of love and sacrifice or maybe He is a myth. We do have all our own sight of Him but we cannot make sense of what we are seeing. Many of us till now, does not know the significance of Jesus yet. My brothers and sisters, it is not just seeing Jesus. It is recognizing and understanding what he is really all about. We need to see Him, not just a man – not just another man, another teacher - another leader but to recognize Him as the Son of God and His significance in our lives. Do you need the second touch of Jesus?