God Sees With The Heart | Word from the Shepherd No. 152

30th Ordinary Sunday B
Jer.31:7-9; Heb.5:1-6; Mk.10:46-52

On a dark night, one screamed ‘snake’ when it was only an unrolled water-hose on the ground. Mother Theresa exclaimed “Christ looked into my eyes” when a dying man opened his eyes to look into hers before his last breath. We see but what do we see?

God always wanted His people to see. The scriptures remind us of this great desire of God.

The Israelites were in exile. They had lost sight of their land, their Temple, their worship and their God. Through Jeremiah, the prophecy assured them that they will see or witness the works of God. It will be a time of no tears, no more in foreign land, no more captivity. Comfort returns, water flows and paths are smoothened.

It is the same with Bartimeus, a blind beggar who desired to see again. Not only he regained his sight, he saw more. He saw the Rabboni, the Master and followed Jesus from then on.

Healings are not limited to the physical realm. Healings lead us to bigger and deeper realities. The lame may walk but they walk in freedom and in God’s service. The deaf begin to hear, but they hear the good news. The mute speaks but is heard to praise God. The blind begin to see, but they see something more. There are those with ‘lazy eyes’, untrained to observe nor read the signs.

What does it mean to see differently? When Jesus opened Bartimeus’ eyes, it was more than being able to see again, it was beholding the Reality behind all realities. It was seeing with the heart. It means

  1. Coming not as a spectator or passerby but active participant in the saving drama, that includes us in God’s plan. (It is saying: this is about me, this is my story)
  2. Letting go the ‘cannot’ and ‘nothing will change’ mindset to expect surprising turn of events. (It is saying: this is my moment in time, something is going to happen)
  3. Not letting the crowd, the public opinions and norms to determine the outcome, but wanting the one thing that matters. (It is saying: this is my miracle, no one is going to block that.)
  4. Knowing who to ask and what to ask. It is about coming to Jesus who is able restore. (It is saying: this is my prayer answered, the miracle is here)
  5. Seeing with God’s Eyes: The eye through which I see God is the same through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love (Meister Eckhart). (It is saying: this is my God’s story)

As we celebrate Mission Sunday 2021, with the theme “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard“.

  1. God wants us to see and hear, and witness to His presence, His Words and His works in our lives. (The missionary sees the Lord in the crowd).
  2. God restores our sight, our inner sight when we lose them like those in exile and Bartimeus by  sin, complacency and indiscipline. (The missionary sees that he can be like a blind man leading the blind).
  3. God heals us to see in a new way; to see with God’s eyes; to see the external and see the interior, to see the visible and see the invisible.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery said: And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. (The missionary sees with his heart – his conscience, concern and compassion.)

This is Mission To Speak About What We Have Seen
And  Heard With The Heart.