(Part 54)


May 28, 2015

Today’s gospel:  Mark 10:46-52

Many Christians today have eyesight but do not see. They do not see what Jesus sees, and have no vision for what Jesus wants to do.

  • They do not see the 99 lost sheep, and parish workers happily go about their busy parish work, but are hardly doing anything to bring back the lost sheep.
  • Parish workers go about their assigned tasks, but at times build turfs, and fail to move as truly one body, adversely affecting the effectivity of the work.
  • Everyone might talk of the need for evangelization, but do not see that such work, due to the vast need, should be rapid, massive and worldwide. The task is urgent, as people are dying in their sins.
  • Catholics may strive to become good persons, but do not see that the call is actually to holiness, true discipleship and Christian perfection. As such, they fall short of what God expects of them.
  • Community leaders gossip, at times malign their brethren, at times dissent from established authority, failing to see how much these weaken the body and even lay the foundation for disunity and strife.

Many parish priests and parish workers are well-intentioned. But as the cliche goes, the path to hell is paved with good intentions. They should also have God’s vision for what is truly needed in the work. In desiring to serve Jesus well, we need to keep going to him and asking him to enlighten us, so that we are not just busy running around but not necessarily accomplishing what is of true value. When we go to Jesus, he asks us, “What do you want me to do for you?” (v.51a). Since we are blind, we must reply to him, “Master, I want to see.” (v.51b).

Without vision, a people perish. If we humbly and sincerely want to do the Master’s will, not imposing our own will and preferences, then we will be given God’s vision, and can then truly become his useful disciples. “Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v.52b).

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