At the start of today’s passage, Jesus is trying to warn his disciples about the “yeast of the Pharisees;” the idea that a little bit of bad teaching gradually works its way through everything. Instead, the disciples hear “yeast” and immediately think with their stomachs. Jesus can scarcely believe it. Why would they be worried about food? Jesus has demonstrated his ability to not only meet, but exceed their physical needs. But they can’t get past it.
An incomplete healing
The next passage has an interesting bit. From a surface reading, it looks like Jesus heals, and it doesn’t take initially (they people “look like trees”), and so must be done again. Instead of wondering in this way. Is it possible, that this is exactly what Jesus meant to do? Wat kind of conversation, not here recorded, might Jesus and the blind man have had. By healing him over a process, instead of instantaneously, this man had a different and unique experience (only this Gospel records it). Perhaps, in our own life, there is some greater reason that, when we request a healing, it comes slowly, if it all.