“I was blind, but now I see.”
If I were to make an educated guess
I believe this became the witness of the blind beggar named Bartimaeus.
“I couldn’t speak. But now I can sing.”
This was probably the witness of the mute man brought to Jesus for healing.
“I was plagued by a demon. And now I’m free.”
This might have become the witness of the boy who suffering from seizures,
and would fall into the fire.
“I was dead. And now I’m alive.”
This might have been the witness of Lazarus.
Many of the people healed by Jesus became his disciples.
And then became members of the first Christian communities.
As the apostles proclaimed the gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ,
and called their listeners to repentance,
there is no doubt
curious and interested people
would approach those who already professed belief and would ask
“why are you a disciple? Why are you following the way of Jesus Christ?”
Someone like Bartimaeus wouldn’t hesitate in saying “I was blind, but now I see.
Jesus Christ, Son of David, opened my eyes.
I was in darkness and now I see the light.
I cried out for mercy and he heard my voice.”
Those who heard his story would understand:
it makes sense to devote yourself to someone
who has had such an impact on your life.
What is our witness to Christ? Why are we following him?
When someone asks us “why are you a disciple,
why are you following the way of Jesus Christ?”
what answer do we give?
How do we put into words, how do we justify
our relationship to Jesus Christ and our connection with his church?
Every story of turning to and embracing Christ
has the potential of bringing light to the world;
has the potential of bringing sight to the blind;
has the potential of bringing new life, new hope, new direction
to someone who is lost or broken or afraid.
It is unfortunate, but many people in our world reject the value of religion,
choose not to live religiously,
and even take issue with those who do.
When asked “why” the answer is often “…because I see the lives of religious people
and what these religious people do and say and think and proclaim
doesn’t make sense to me.”
It doesn’t make sense that a priest would sexually violate an innocent child.
It doesn’t make sense that God wants to kill his opponents, cleanse the world of sinners.
It doesn’t make sense to refuse to dialogue with those with doubts and questions.
It doesn’t make sense to forego available medical treatment and perhaps die
while waiting for a miracle.
What is irrational doesn’t make sense.
What is mysterious, on the other hand, can have meaning, can make sense.
These things I mention don’t appeal to the ordinary person.
They are not only irrelevant but offensive.
It is a sad reality when the practice of religion promotes hatred and violence
and causes harm to the innocent.
Somehow, someway, people have to be convinced: there is religious truth,
truth that is not created but discovered.
Faith and religion are not the creation of the human brain.
They are not produced by, or fully verifiable by, human thought.
They are communicated from Creator to created.
God summons us to relationship with him in a way the human mind can grasp.
And such relationship imposes obligation.
Our witness, whatever it may be, needs to show that life with God and in God,
is better, more humanizing, more meaningful, more fulfilling….
that life in Jesus Christ is more unifying, more harmonizing,
more helpful, more insightful, more freeing….
that a life inspired by the Holy Spirit
is more conducive to peace and justice, more visionary for the future of this world,
more satisfying to human desires and longings…
our witness needs to show: a life lived in faith, with religion
is better than a life lived without faith, without religion.
With the help of grace from God our creator,
with the assurance of love revealed in Jesus Christ,
and with the guidance and inspiration of the Spirit, may our lives give witness:
nothing so great has happened in the history of the world
as the hearing of God’s voice,
as the coming of God’s son Jesus Christ,
and as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Through our lives let us proclaim with joy: our earth is full of the kindness of the Lord.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
“I was blind, but now I see.”