Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12/15/10 - Tell What You've Seen and Heard

Luke 7:18b-23
At that time,
John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask,
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
When the men came to the Lord, they said,
“John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask,
‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits;
he also granted sight to many who were blind.
And Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

At mass this morning the priest asked us to consider what our answer would be if we were in the place of John's disciples.  What would our response be, if we were challenged to "Go tell what you have seen and heard"? 
I found this though provoking.  What would I say?  How willing am I to publicly answer that question?  Would my answer be convincing to another -- convincing enough to make another person believe?  Convincing enough for a court to convict me of having a true relationship with Christ?   
God is likely present in all of our lives enough for each of us to give some kind of an answer.  But ... are we aware enough of Christ's doings in our lives and in the world around us to give one?  If not, why not?  Because he's not doing anything, or because we don't see it?  I think that's a pretty good question to ask myself on a daily basis.