THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
AND THEIR EYES WERE OPENED
Today’s gospel: Matthew 9:27-31
Faith works wonders. Jesus healed two blind
men, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your
faith.” (Mt 9:29b). How can people today experience
the wondrous and miraculous works of God? It is to have faith
in Jesus. It is to BE.LI.EV.E!
we recognize our dire need, our desperation, or utter inability
to work things out for ourselves. We recognize that only God
can bring us out of the darkness of our lives. The two blind
men cried out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”
we go to Jesus. We enter into a relationship with him. “When
he entered the house, the blind men approached him”
(Mt 9:28a). Jesus is always knocking at the door of our hearts.
It is just our blindness and hardness of heart that cause
us not to open the door. But if and when we do, Jesus is there
and he will enter into our house (hearts).
we have faith in him. We know that he is the Savior. We know
how much he loves us, that he gave us his very life, and that
in doing so, he will not withhold any good thing from us.
Jesus is just waiting for us to accept him into our lives,
to allow him to be our Lord. “Jesus said to them, ‘Do
you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’
they said to him.” (Mt 9:28b).
we allow Jesus to work in our lives. We in fact give him free
rein over our whole lives. He is the Master. He knows what
is best for us. But he will not force his goodness upon us.
We need to present ourselves and accept what he wants to do
in our lives. “Then he touched their eyes” (Mt
We meet Christ and we start to live
Christ. One more thing, we need to share
Christ. Now because his time had not yet come, “Jesus
warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.”
(Mt 9:30b). “But they went out and spread word of him
through all that land.” (Mt 9:31). They could not contain
themselves. They could not help but share their joy.
just before Jesus ascended to heaven and up to today, Jesus
tells us to proclaim the good news of salvation in him to
the whole world. But just as the two blind men disobeyed Jesus
and spread what he did throughout the land, many Christians
today also disobey Jesus, by not spreading what he did throughout
the world! The two blind men spread the word because they
could not keep such good news to themselves. Christians today
do not even appreciate the good news of salvation in Jesus,
much less proclaim it. How tragic!
those who have met Christ and are living Christ, we must share
Christ. Just like the two blind men, we must go out and spread
word of him through all the land. We must do so with great
enthusiasm, vigor, passion, doggedness, perseverance. We look
at what God has already done for us, and we must be so filled
with joy and gratitude that we cannot be prevented from proclaiming
that people, especially Christians, would see the truth of
the gospel, the beauty of the Lord’s saving act, the
reality of healing and wholeness that comes only from Jesus.
Oh, that they might have faith! Let us do our share and help
bring people to BE.LI.EV.E. “And their
eyes were opened.” (Mt 9:30a).
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