THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 7
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:45-52
The disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea and they were
terrified (v.49-50a). They witnessed him calm the wind and
they were astounded (v.51). Then Mark records something
puzzling. “They had not understood the incident of
the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.”
(v.52). They had not understood. They did not see. They
did not grasp the vision.
not only did they not understand, were terrified and were
astounded, but their hearts were hardened! Why? What does
it all mean? They were blinded in that they could not see
what God was clearly showing them. With eyes that could
not see, their hearts could not accept. God was already
manifesting His great glory, through the miracles of Jesus.
But their senses were dull, they could not properly discern,
divine illumination was not piercing through. Their minds
were still darkened by the night.
disciples failed to properly reflect on the miracle of the
multiplication of the loaves and fish. It was an awesome
miracle indeed. Had they fully appreciated it, they would
not have wondered about his walking on the sea and calming
the wind. They would simply have moved from glory to glory
in their appreciation of Jesus and his divine power.
It is the same with us. Through the years we have witnessed
many miracles, both personal and communitarian. I myself
was raised from the dead (almost dead) on the third day.
There have been many miraculous healings. The radical conversions
and transformations have been astounding. We know God works
miracles. Or do we? Or have we forgotten? Or have we looked
on such incidents as flukes and now have begun to doubt?
need to recover the proper vision, the divine vision. Otherwise
our hearts can become hardened. Already transformed into
hearts of flesh, we might revert to having hearts of stone.
What is the vision? That God is the all-powerful God, the
God of miracles. That God ardently desires to bring His
people back to Himself. That God intends to use us as instruments
in this work. That today, in the call to the New Evangelization,
this work is to be rapid and massive.
we do not appreciate or accept this, then our vision is
dulled, and our hearts can become hardened. We might even
oppose the vision and the work. We can become obstructionists
and cause division.
Put no limits on what God can do. Do not replace God’s
plan with faulty human plans. Do not pretend to know more
that the Spirit on how to go about God’s work. See
with God’s eyes. Think God’s thoughts. Flow
with God’s Spirit. Harden not your hearts.