READINGS for 2008-03-03
Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe. – John 4:48
I once got invited to give a talk to a prayer group in Manila. I was introduced to the elders, the workers and, later, to a young lady, a daughter of the elder who owned the venue. She was apparently miraculously healed of polio through Fr. Corsi Legaspi’s healing rally and is now healthy enough to be a varsity player in her school.
But during the prayer meeting, I didn’t see her. When I asked where she was, they said that she was lazy to attend prayer meetings and was hesitant to serve the Lord. I indignantly thought, “My goodness, she’s living as if the Lord didn’t grant her a miraculous healing! How could she be so callous?”
Today, I realized that I was no better than her. I may not have a disability but I had spiritual “polio” of sin, which prevented me from being upright and obedient. The Holy Spirit convicted me and inwardly, I exclaimed, “I was living as if the Lord didn’t do signs and wonders in forgiving me of my darkest sins! How could I be so callous?” The real miracle is conversion followed by transformation. For a transformed person, even the minutest event is a miracle. For a callous person, even the most astounding miracle is nothing. You want a miracle? Be the miracle! Obet Cabrillas
“To see is to believe” or “To believe is to see”?
Lord, let me be Your miracle as I live my life for You each day.
The third section of the prophecies of Isaiah speak of a time of glory that awaits those who remain faithful to God. God will create for these people a new heavens and a new earth far greater than the previous one. This is a reference to what heaven will be like in comparison to our mortal existence. We should keep this in mind as we make choices regarding eternal life.
17 Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create; for I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight; 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people. No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there, or the sound of crying; 20 no longer shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime; he dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years, and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed. 21 They shall live in the houses they build, and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.
P S A L M
Psalm 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b
R: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
1  I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. 3  O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world; you preserved me from among those going down into the pit. (R) 4  Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. 5  For his anger lasts but a moment; a lifetime, his good will. At nightfall, weeping enters in, but with the dawn, rejoicing. (R) 10  Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me; O LORD, be my helper.” 11  You changed my mourning into dancing; 12  O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus recognizes the sincerity of the man’s plea for the healing of his son and acts to heal him. The faith of the man is also quite clear because as soon as Jesus accedes to his request, he leaves and returns home presuming that his son will be well. And he was right! The authority Jesus exercises over a multitude of situations is enormous. It truly reflects His divine origins. It is hard for me to see how anyone could possibly doubt Jesus if they had met Him in the flesh.
43 After the two days, he left there for Galilee. 44 For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. 45 When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast. 46 Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death. 48 Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” 49 The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. 51 While he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. 52 He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” 53 The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. 54 Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.
think: God will create for His faithful a new heaven and a new earth greater than the previous one.
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Jesus heals many people in the Gospel narratives. Sometimes we have individual stories upon which to reflect, and at other times, we are simply told He healed all who were sick. What is the purpose of these healings? How should we understand them in the context of the work of salvation He accomplishes?
The healings of Jesus express His care and concern for individuals who are suffering, and His willingness to intervene in their lives to heal them. However, this is not the focus or main point of the healings, or else we would be forced to take into account the fact that not all are healed. Therefore, we need to look for what this means and it is indeed here that we discover the central role of all of Jesus’ miracles, as pertains to the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God into our world.
The miracles of Jesus are signs of the Kingdom of God bursting into the kingdom of the world. Through them, we see God interacting with the world in concrete ways such that His reign is brought to bear over the elements of this world. The power of miracles is a foretaste of what living in the Kingdom of God is going to be like. The miracles are not just isolated examples of God’s grace intended for those who benefit directly from them. They are signs to all of us of the power and will of God to save and redeem all people. Unless we recognize this truth, we will fail to understand the role of the miracles in the mission of Christ.This lack of understanding is the reason why we do not see the many miracles that we should be seeing today.
Jesus wants to intervene in our lives or salvation would not be possible. Let us choose to open our hearts to His grace so that we will see and experience the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom into our lives and in the world in power — a power that will ultimately heal and redeem us from our sins. Fr. Steve Tynan
Do I believe in miracles? Am I willing to open my mind and life to the miracles that God wants to work in and through me?
Father, You loved us so much You sent Jesus to announce the Kingdom of God and to redeem us from our sins. Lord, remove my unbelief in Your power to heal and save. Give me faith.
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