Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1; Psalm 113:1-7;Luke 11:29-32There is something greater than Jonah here. (Luke 11:32)
“If only I had been alive when Jesus walked the earth! I would have hung on his every word, noted his every action, and learned all about his hidden life. I wish I had been there to see just one of his miracles. I would never have questioned him! How sad that the time of miracles is past.”
Guess what? Jesus is walking the earth today! His body thrives as its members in the Church open their hearts and hands to one another, ministering his presence more powerfully than the voice of any single individual. His body clutches at your heartstrings in the plight of every needy human being. And best of all, that really is his Body on the altar at every Mass.
Is the time of miracles over? Jesus promised, “Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these” (John 14:12). Jesus is still in the business of performing miracles, sometimes in response to prayer and sometimes through his people as we minister his presence. No matter how he does it, Jesus is still healing incurable diseases, reconciling people after years of estrangement, and awakening repentance in the most hardened of hearts.
Often we can discern the hand of God more clearly when we look back over a period of time. Not all miracles are instantaneous; many slip under the radar until we compare the overwhelming results to our meager human resources. It’s true that the more we look, the more signs and miracles we will recognize. Jesus comes to us in planned moments, during daily Mass or personal prayer time. But he also comes to us in spontaneous moments, when we least expect him. Responding to his presence may require setting aside our plans and goals, but it’s always worth it.
Do you want to see miracles today? Then begin by praying, “Jesus, I know I will encounter you today. Help me to recognize you right away and respond in faith.” Then when evening comes, look back over the day, and you’ll be amazed at all the ways the Lord has been at work.
“Jesus, you continue to be God’s Word among us. Open my eyes to see you and my heart to respond to you. Lord, may I become an instrument of your miraculous presence today!”~WAU