Faith in Stages

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Mark’s account of the healing of the blind man (Mark 8:22-25) is unique in a sense that he was healed in stages. It was from total blindness to partial blindness, then zero blindness. Mark describes zero blindness as: ‘seeing everything clearly’.

The implication here is that faith can always be strengthened and increased. Faith is not a theological virtue that is stagnant. Perseverance in faith is essential in our journey towards Jesus.

The blind man could have walked off at any point. He was first brought forth to Jesus by the faith of his friends. He could have said no, but he didn’t. He could have walked off after he was only half healed, but he chose to stay till the end.

This blind man’s journey to sight is a clear reflection of our individual faith journeys in our lives. As we grow in faith, we begin to see the world differently and are no longer blind to what is good or what is bad. Yet, as we begin to see clearly, more is demanded of us, as compared to those who are still ignorant and blind.


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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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