When it comes to faith, how do we do we do? What I mean to say, is that when great things happen when we are engaged in some type of ministry, how is it that these results occur? When someone arrives at a deep insight in faith, because of something we said, or another person is able to get through a difficult time, because of the support that we have provided, just how is it that these great things occur? This is the question Jesus faces in the first reading today. He is doing miraculous things in his ministry. All kinds of wonderful things are occurring because of his actions and works. The temptation arises in the minds of some that this is all because of Beelzebub.
Jesus tells us something more. When we do these things, in our own ministries, namely supporting another, or helping someone to come to some insight about the faith, it can be tempting to think that these things are something that would’ve happened anyway. We can give in to the temptation that such things are merely coincidental. For persons of faith, what we are challenged and invited to see is that the world looks different through the eyes of faith.
So much of our faith life is really about how we see the world. On the one hand seeing the world through the eyes of faith is not to minimize those things that occur because we collaborate with God’s grace. On the other hand, it is to recognize that there are those things that occur, those insights that happened, and those miraculous events in our lives that can only be understood when we see them through the words and actions of Jesus in our lives and in our world.