As we ponder what God might be saying to us through the scriptures that were read today, I invite you to look at one of the video screens. In the center of the screen there are four dots. For the next minute, I invite you to stare directly at those dots.
As I move to the next screen, tell me what you see. If you have been staring at the dots, you should see a picture of a man that resembles what Jesus may have looked like. In the prior picture, he may have been hidden, but now you probably see him. This picture is more than just an optical illusion however. It is also a parable. For in that picture, we see our human plight. That is because try as we might to see God in the world around us, we often don’t. And even when we do manage to see God in the world around us, our sighting of Him is often blurry and fleeting. We heard this spoken about in the passage from the gospel of Mark.