Through the Eyes of Faith

At the end of the day, I will pay special attention to fulfilling the needs and desires of my family members
by Father Walter Schu, LC | Source:
Jesús predica el Evangelio

Mark 3:20-21

Introductory Prayer: Another week has passed in your company, in your service. What a joy, what an honor, what a glory to be the subject of a king like you! Lord, I know that you make all things new and that through this moment of prayer you can give me a new vision of faith to see you more clearly.

Petition: Lord, help me to strive to be a source of happiness for others.
increase my faith. Mary, help me on this Saturday to grow in faith in all of the circumstances of the day.

1. Home life for Jesus Christ.   We know that Jesus made his home in Capernaum. (“And leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum” Mt. 4:13.) Theoday’s short Gospel passage of today indicates that Our Lord did not find rest at home. From all over, Tthe great crowds from all over to whom he has been preaching have followed him to his doorstep. When we return home from a hard day’s work, we likely seek a well -deserved rest;, but perhaps there is a spouse and children who are waiting for us there. They need to be shown our love, which involves our time;, service;, showing sincere interest; compassion;, and support etc. Additionally, there are theMembers of our extended relativesfamily, neighbors, friends and people in need also who look to us for help and kindness. Like Christ, tThe needs of those we love the most, and of those in need, ought to pull us outside of ourselves, to reach outso that like Christ, we reach out and lovingly serve othersthem throughout ourthe entire day. When I come home, do I strive to be a source of happiness and support for the members of my family, or does my self-centeredness close me off to the needs of the others?  

2. A Man for Others.   “Jesus was a man for others. Such a crowd gathered around Jesus and his disciples that they had no time even to eat. Nothing mattered more to Jesus than feeding the souls of his neighbor with the nourishment of his love and his truth, so much so that he neglected to feed himself. This self-sacrificing attitude permeated every moment of his earthly existence, culminating in the complete oblation of his life on the cross at Calvary” (John Bartunek, LC, The Better Part, p. 375). To what extent is my desire to serve those around me, even to the point of sacrifice, the thermometer of my love for them? Have I ever been accused by anyone of “madness” because of my dedication to othersapostolate?

3. Out of His Mind?   Some of Jesus’ relatives, whose outlook was all too human, believed that Christ’s commitment to othersapostolate was excessive. “The only explanation, they thought, was that he was out of his mind. On reading these words of the Gospel, we cannot help being moved, realizing what Jesus did for love of us: people even thought him mad. Many saints, following Christ’s example, have been taken for madmen — but they were mad with love, mad with love for Jesus Christ” (The Navarre Bible: St. Mark, p. 87). Do I long to love Christ, in my heart and in my life, even to the point of madness? Is my one great ideal in life to be a saint — not for my own sake, but in order to be able to transmit Christ’s love to those around me, to help bring about his Kingdom in souls?

3. The Eyes of FaithChrist is vindicated when he asserts that no prophet is accepted in his own native place (Mark 6:4). What Christ’s relatives clearly needed was a greater supernatural spirit, so that they might be able to see Jesus with the eyes of faith. Faith is a great gift, more precious than life itself. But what exactly constitutes the essence of faith? Faith is not just a mere feeling of God’s presence or will in one’s life. Believing to giving yourself, offering yourself to God. Believing is letting God’s love conquer you for his Cause and not raising objections. Believing is journeying, suffering, fighting, falling and picking yourself up again, doing your best to be faithful to a God who calls you but whom you cannot see. Believing is following a star you once saw, though you do not know where it will take you. Believing is accepting gladly the perplexities and surprises, the toil and shocks experienced in being faithful. Believing is trusting God and placing your hope in him.
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for the gift of faith. It is a gift more precious than life itself. Help me to see others with the eyes of faith, to pour myself out in loving and serving them, just like you did. Help me to love you with madness as I serve each of my brothers and sisters.

Resolution: At the end of the day, I will pay special attention to fulfilling the needs and desires of my family members. I will serve others in a special way today, seeing Christ in them.

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