Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 7:11-17
In today’s Gospel, Luke shares about the story of Jesus calling the dead man to rise from his coffin. Many witnesses were around Him, seeing and testifying to this miracle.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming "A great prophet has arisen in our midst.'"
In that moment, many came to believe in Jesus, acknowledging the power of God working within Him. I’ve always wondered why Jesus was so public about His miracles in some biblical passages and more private in others. I’m inclined to think that He knew people need evidence; He knew that our understanding of the divine was limited, so sometimes in large crowds, He would have to show His divinity.
Moving forward 2,000 years, it seems that people haven’t changed in their need to have proof of the divine. With the need for science and evidence in the forefront, many still want substantial signs. Interestingly enough, God is still providing these (Church-approved mystics, the Shroud of Turin, unexplainable cures, liquifying Hosts, incorruptible saints, etc.) even though they are not essential to the deposit of faith.
Yet He continues to provide ways for people, extending that olive branch for our limited understanding. The question is do we need to see a dead man rise from the dead in order to have faith? If one looks around, miracles can be seen every day, demonstrating proof of God. When your child returns to the faith after a long break, when families stop fighting and turn to prayer, when you have a day where everything seems coincidental and you can’t explain how certain factors lined up that you had no control over. Can we not call these moments of divine intervention? Today’s Gospel shows that God is always present, but we also need to acknowledge Him even in the ordinary, not just the extraordinary.
How has God revealed himself to me lately? How can I acknowledge the divine in my life?
Dear Jesus, let me witness Your divinity in my life today. Strengthen my faith and help me to recognize the miracles of this world, seen and unseen, that You have placed before me.
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Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Stockton, California. In addition to CatholicMom.com, she also writes for HerLife Magazine and Catholic Stand. She recently completed her debut novel, Grieving Daughters Club. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards. Visit AndreaBearAuthor.com.