Many times in life when we are close in to something, or to someone, we cannot "see" what is going on, we cannot see the big picture. Similarly, when we are personally close to a person who is beautiful, handsome, etc, we can lose sight of that because we know the details of what is going on inside.
They are near onto Jerusalem in today's Gospel reading and Jesus once again predicts his Passion, death and resurrection and no one gets it...no one sees it. They pass a blind man who yells out to be saved, to be shown mercy and when asked what he wants the man says Let me see again. Jesus grants him his desire saying Receive your sight, your faith has saved you. And praise and thanksgiving sets off through the crowd. They all are too close in. They all have their own expectations of what is going to happen when their savior reaches Jerusalem.
What are we so close to that we can't really see it? What do we need to take a step back from to see the bigger picture, to see God at work in our speck of the world? God is here. Are we to close in to see?
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