What gift do you bring?

“Master, I want to see.” Last week I visited my eye doctor. It turned out that my prescription needed to be modified and today I picked up my new glasses. As someone who’s been nearsighted as far back as I can remember, the fact that I can see clearly at a distance is nothing short of miraculous. Did God give me back my sight? If I believe that each one of us is an instrument of God and that our talents have been given to us by God, then the answer to that question would have to be “Yes.” “Master, I want to see.”

Two more examples: (1) Laser eye surgery. I haven’t had it done myself but my son has. He describes what it’s like to wake up being able to see without having to reach for glasses or put in contact lenses. For him this, too, is nothing short of miraculous. Or (2) the child born with a defect that can only be corrected by the use of colored lenses who found the doctor who developed the technique for discovering exactly what color was needed. Did God give them back their sight? Again, the answer would seem to be “Yes.”

We are the body of Christ. We sing, “We are many parts; we are all one body.” But do we really believe that? Do we recognize ourselves to be the body of Christ in our own time? I go to my eye doctor to have my vision checked and he uses his gifts of knowledge and training to help me to maintain my vision. “Master, I want to see.”

God gives each of us gifts. For my eye doctor it is the gift of healing. For someone else it may be the gift of teaching or creating. Whatever your gift, when you use it for good you make God present in our world. Bartimaeus called out to Jesus for healing and Jesus heard and answered him. Today, Bartimaeus is calling out to us. What gift do we bring? How do we respond? “Master, I want to see.”

Van Benthem is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and a longtime pastoral minister, retreat leader, spiritual director and published writer and poet.