Today's Gospel: John 3:16-18 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
God sending Jesus as a sign for His love for us was just the beginning of the many ways I believe His love is revealed. Though none of the others will ever compare to the opportunity of eternal life through Jesus – there are many ways to get a glimpse of that love in the every day. The smile on a baby's face, the friend bearing coffee or chocolate (or both!), as well as beauty of the sunrise or sunset.
My life has long been blessed with moments I've dubbed as 'godcidences'. Those moments when most would recognize the coincidence in the situation but may not attribute what has transpired to a sign of God's love. Sometimes these moments are little things such as teaching during the homily of something on my heart, or thinking of a song and having it come instantly on the radio. The most remarkable came in the form of butterflies during the wait to bring home my daughter from China.
When in the process of adopting Faith, we were given news the trip to bring her home was being delayed four months. I was devastated. As I sat praying in her room, I saw a giant butterfly outside her window. For the next 4 months, I would see something to do with a butterfly every time I started grow weary of the wait. The remarkableness of this godcidence moment came in learning the butterfly, believed for many years to be deaf, is often used as a symbol for the Deaf. The little girl we were waiting for...was deaf.
Ours is not a distant or unaware God – He is loving and still giving us visible signs of His great and eternal love for each and everyone of us!
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How can I prepare my heart to be more open to those godcidence moments in my own life?
Father God, I realize I can not spend my days seeking you in signs and wonders; my love should not come in what I can see but in faith. Yet, I pray to never miss or take for granted those precious signs of your love when you are gifting them to me.
Copyright 2017 Allison Gingras
About the Author
Allison Gingras ( ReconciledToYou.com) considers herself a new media evangelist. Authoring The Handy Little Guide to Novenas (OSV), Encountering Signs of Faith (Ave Maria Press) and the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (Our Sunday Visitor), which includes a new title in 2025, Jesus Heals. Allison is a Digital Content and Social Media Specialist for Family Rosary, Catholic Mom, and the Fall River Diocese.