Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gospel According to Pop: Episode 12 (Won't You Please Let Me Back into Your Heart: Jackson 5)

This song is sung by the amazing Ally Nugent

Today's video is a meditation on the story of Jesus healing the blind man. I'm particularly thinking of the story as it appears in Mark, because Jesus fails the first time and it takes two tries to restore the man's vision.

Mark 8:22 They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Can you see anything?" 24 And the man looked up and said, "I can see people, but they look like trees, walking." 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

This need for Jesus to try again does not appear in other Gospels. I think it's a great opportunity for us to think about how second (or sometimes third, fourth, fifth or a million) chances are needed to get things right. After all, if God has to try again sometimes, why would be expect perfection from oursevles, partners, pastors or others we hold in too high a regard?

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