Coming to see who Jesus really is takes time. This is the lesson Jesus teaches us in Mark 8 when he heals a blind man. At first glance it appears that Jesus' power didn't work: the man's vision is only partially restored. It takes a second touch from Jesus to see clearly. We too need multiple touches from Jesus in order for our spiritual blindness to fully clear. Whether you are considering Jesus for the first time, or have been following him for years, we all need God to continually clear our vision so that we can see more clearly who this Jesus is.
As Lady Macbeth moaned so long ago: "Out Damned Spot". She had thought her wicked actions would be easy to walk away from, and yet she lamented: “Here’s the smell of the blood still: All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh!” We too have a sense of being "unclean". While this sounds harsh to modern ears, our own experience confirms it: we have deep feelings of inconsequentiality and inadequacy. We aren't "up to snuff". Yet, our own attempts to clean up our lives also fail us and leave us feeling as empty as ever. Using Matthew 15 as our guide we learn that once we've admitted our own "damned spots" and finally given up on trying to cleanse ourselves, then we are ready for the gospel: that Jesus, took our spots upon him, so that we might become white as snow. Join us today as we confront our own uncleanness and find hope in Jesus Christ.
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.