THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 6
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:34-44
In order to become the people God wants us to become, and
to do the work God wants us to do, we need to see with God’s
eyes. We need to take on divine vision.
at people in the world, what did Jesus see? He saw that
“they were like sheep without a shepherd” (v.34c).
What do we see in people today? They are lost in a
world of fantasy, in a culture of sex and drugs, in an environment
of greed and selfishness. Except for the dire cases of poverty
or perversity, we might consider the problems of people
as just normal. We think, they will make it through somehow.
But if they do not have the Good Shepherd, they are not
only lost, they are headed for perdition. It is not just
their health or emotions or social relations that are under
threat, but their very souls!
we do not see that, then we go about our merry way. After
all, we also have our own problems. But that was not the
case with Jesus, as “his heart was moved with pity
for them” (v.34b). He was disturbed. He was filled
with mercy and compassion. He was moved to act, “and
he began to teach them many things.” (v.34d). If we
are able to take on Jesus’ vision, then we too need
to be moved with pity for the lost souls. And we too need
to act, starting with sharing Christ.
we see how staggering that work is. There are 1.19 billion
lost sheep among Catholics. We look at our resources and
see how little we have. How can we even make a dent in the
it is all about vision. It is not our work, but God’s.
We are just His instruments. We do not rely on our own resources,
but look to God’s provision. And God of course is
all-powerful, for whom nothing is impossible. That includes
performing miracles such as multiplying loaves and fishes.
Jesus wanted to feed a vast crowd, but only had “five
loaves and two fish” (v.38b). We know what he did.
He fed “five thousand men” (v.44) and had “twelve
wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the
fish” as leftovers (v.43).
should we learn from this episode? First, God wants to involve
us in the work, directing us and giving us leeway to take
the initiative. Jesus said to his disciples, “Give
them some food yourselves.” (v.37a). We are not robots
that are just programmed and told what to do. Aside from
hearts that are moved with pity, we are to have minds that
think like God. We are to go into the world, look at the
problems, devise the solutions, and move with the Spirit.
we are not to think just with human minds, assessing situations
with flawed human wisdom, and oftentimes concluding we cannot
get the job done. “Are we to buy two hundred days’
wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?” (v.37b).
We do not just assess how much money we have, how many talented
brethren we can use, how many contacts we can tap, how much
energy we are able to expend. In doing so, we are often
defeated even before we start. Rather, we look to the God
who sends us to do the work. The grace of God is bountiful,
and the power of the Spirit is awesome. If God sends us
to do something, then He equips us and enables us to do
it, often accompanied by signs and wonders.
we must actually anticipate the miracles that God will do
in our work. The work of evangelization after all is not
a human endeavor. It is divine work. We must not shortchange
God. With faith we look to mountains being moved, to storms
being calmed, to the spiritually dead being raised back
to life, and of course to loaves and fishes being multiplied.
your vision, and see what God will cause to happen to all
those lost sheep. “They all ate and were satisfied.”