Broken, Blind, & begged…

When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind villager and begged Jesus for a healing.  Jesus led the blind person by the hand to the outskirts of the village.  When he had spat on the person’s eyes and laid hands on them, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

The blind one answered, “I see people, but they look like trees walking around.”  The Jesus laid hands on the eyes a second time, and the villager was restored to clear and distinct sight.  Jesus sent the healed perso

n home, warning, “Don’t even go into the village.”

Mark 8:22-26 [The Inclusive Bible]


            I have become acutely aware of my need to be healed in many areas of my life.  I can remember a point in my life where I was in no hurry to be healed of anything.  I reveled in my brokenness.  I mired my whole self in the fact I was all messed up and wore it on my sleeve.  I am not any more or less messed up these days.  I am acutely aware of my need to be healed.

I was reading this passage from Mark today.  This is one of my favorite parts of The Gospel of Mark, along with the healing of the paralytic [Mark 2:1-5].  I find both stories refreshing as they clash with our modern American sensibility of self-sustainability and independence.

I love that “some people brought a blind villager and begged Jesus for a healing.”  This villager that was blind was brought to Jesus and the people that brought also begged for healing.  This is powerful to me as I reflect upon the times I was beyond my own capability to seek healing, to desire wholeness.  My brokenness often left me in a place where community would have served me well.

Is not community the intimate, dependence on each other for be and do the will of God for the Other?  Here is these verses Jesus is begged by a community to heal a member in the margins.  I imagine the motive for healing may range from a deire to have this person healed so that they may no longer be a drain on the entire community.  Perhaps, the demand for a healing rests upon the deep desire to no longer be witness to devastating disability and a slow tragic death.  Regardless of the root cause the healing is demanded and Jesus leads the villager away from everyone and heals this villager, restoring them to wholeness and into full participation of the community.


The healing was not just for the villager than was blind.  The entire community was restored.  This in the way that reconciliation between Creator and creation is reached via Jesus the Christ.  All of creation is restored in the life and death of Jesus the Christ.  Cosmic shit is going on in that action.  The world is not the same as it was in Jesus’ death.  The world was given the “magic pill” and will never be the same.

In this story from Mark 8, I wonder if the villager that was blind even wanted to get healed.  Did anyone ask them if they wanted to be removed and enter into a new way of existence, even if it seemed on the outside like a better life.  Why s there not an evidence f the individuals response or desire to be healed.  They are simply passive and go along with Jesus and the crowd that brought them.


I relate to the not being asked if I wanted healing.  When I was experiencing my own “Prodigal” adventure I remember thinking, “I want to go and be ‘good’ and stop all of this crazy shit I am doing.  I just do not want to do it now.  I am too young to turn my life over now.”  In hindsight I wish I had given up on the self-loathing and aggressive self-destruction I endured in my youth.  I am thankful that I have lived in the manner to which I have  I am equipped to be the fearfully and wonderfully made creature of God that I have always been called to be.

I was not able to be asked if I wanted to be healed.  I remember many people trying to help me.  I was not equipped to respond.  Just like the villager in this story, the community delivered to Jesus a person in need of humanity and begged for Jesus to be humane to the villager.  It was the lifting up and carrying of the villager that a healing became possible. 

I see that in these days of economic woe a need for community to lift up the villagers that are blind and in need and carry them to Jesus to demand a healing.  It is the healing act of caring for the Other that shall draw us together as one in a divine love.  We have heard much about charity, compassion, and love…when do we love enough to carry the Other to Jesus and beg for a healing?

I imagine that a shit load of bewildered people will be carried upon the shoulders of others , as they wonder what the hell is in need of healing in their life.  I bet there are far too many folks in need of carrying than there are folks to carry.  God help us all as we ask ourselves this Holy Week, WTFWJD?

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