THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
TO BELIEVE IS TO SEE
Today’s gospel: Mark 10:46-52
We are familiar with the saying: “To see is to believe.”
In today’s gospel, the lesson is: “to believe
is to see.”
blind man Bartimaeus had faith in Jesus. When he heard Jesus
was there, he cried out to him, asking for his pity. Even
when others rebuked him and told him to be silent, he all
the more called out to Jesus. And he was confident that Jesus
could heal him of his blindness. He had faith. Jesus then
restored his sight, saying: “Go your way; your faith
has saved you.” (Mk 10:52a).
Many people in the world have eyes but cannot see and are
cannot see the inherent dignity of people as children
of God, and so treat women as sex objects or the poor
cannot see the beauty of a holy sexual relationship between
a husband and a wife, and so have casual non-committed
cannot see God’s original plan for His creation,
and so push for contraception, divorce, same-sex marriage,
and population control.
cannot see the tremendous blessing that a child is, and
so they abort the unborn.
Now Jesus came into the world to bring “recovery of
sight to the blind” (Lk 4:18d). When we put our faith
in him, we are saved, and our sight is restored. We begin
to see things according to the ways and plan of God. And our
lives are totally transformed. Our old worldly ways are overturned.
We move from blindness to sight, from darkness to light, from
death to life.
we BE.LI.EV.E, then faith works
wonders. Things that are wrong in the world
do not have to remain as they are. There can be radical 180-degree
From death in sin to life in Christ.
the ways of the world to the ways of the Lord.
the culture of death to the culture of life.
condemnation and hell to salvation and heaven.
Now for many more to have faith, they need to be evangelized.
When Bartimaeus was crying out to Jesus, Jesus did not call
him directly but rather told others to call him. “So
they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage;
get up, he is calling you.’” (Mk 10:49b). God
works through human instruments. Today Jesus is telling us
to proclaim the good news to others, so that they might come
to him and be saved.
God to be able to use us, for us to become effective evangelizers,
we must respond like Bartimaeus when we ourselves are called.
When called, Bartimaeus “threw aside his cloak, sprang
up, and came to Jesus.” (Mk 10:50). We set aside everything,
we quickly and vigorously respond to the call, and we come
to Jesus. We BE.LI.EV.E. We become a friend
of Jesus, we live the way of Jesus, and we evangelize in the
name of Jesus.
Bartimaeus “received his sight and followed him on the
way.” (Mk 10:52b). The world that is in darkness needs
to be freed so that people can see the beauty of God’s
plan and His creation. People do not need to live miserable
lives, being blind and sitting “by the roadside begging.”
(Mk 10:46c). They do not need to be in bondage to the evil
one who prevents them from crying out to Jesus. Jesus wants
to save them and let them see.
Jesus gives us the great privilege of being used by him to
bring people to himself. Even now Jesus tells us, “Call
him.” (Mk 10:49a).