Saturday, October 24, 2015

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

Removing blindness through faith

Mark 10:46-52

The account from the book of the prophet Jeremiah talks about a people going back to fold of God.  They shall experience once again how God comforts them and provides for them.

But how can we experience this when our focus is not on God?  We need to pray for faith to enable us to see again God who loves us and whom we love.

How do we experience the life of faith?  Know that it is God who opens us to the world of faith.  He planted it in our hearts.  Faith opens our world to God's world.  We might be blind, but there are still many avenues where God can communicate to us: through hearing, speaking ... all through others.  Even through people God can communicate to us.  Can we see God in them?

Second, faith enables us to engage in a loving dialogue with God.  "What do you want me to do for you ... I would like to see again..."  Through faith, our hearts meet.

Third, faith enables us to experience again God's consoling presence.  This is indeed Good News for the poor, the blind, the lame, the pregnant women.   Have we extended our love for them?

The essence of life is seeing God in this world through us and others.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The servant

Mark 10:35-45

What is servanthood?  The image of a servant is Jesus himself who embraced suffering to save us and offer us back to the Father.

There are three marks of servant as reflected it the first reading:

First, a servant is God-sent if he uses his servanthood for the atonement of sins.  We too can offer each moment of sacrifice for the same intention.

A servant also does the master's will.  Our lives should be a reflection of what the Lord wants, nothing more or less.

Third, the servant's is always fruitful in good works.

Servanthood happens in this life when we plant the seeds of the Good News and nourish it.