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Today's Gospel: Luke 9:7-9
I used to only turn to God when I needed something. During that time in my life, I saw God more as my personal genie than my Creator. Of course, I’ve matured enough and grown into my faith now to know that this is all more than getting what I want; it’s about staying faithful, redemptive, and thankful even when those times are filled with empty moments, ungrateful people, and situations that feel impossible. It’s about holding the line when all I want to do is quit.
While the miracles that Jesus did back in His time were impressive, He didn’t do them to impress people. He didn’t come here to make Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He came to die. He came to call us to turn away from our sin. He came to tell us to follow Him and to liberate us by way of His cross.
When Herod wanted to see Jesus, it was more out of curiosity over what He could do rather than a sincere desire to know who He was. Herod wanted to see the miracles for the sake of seeing the miracles.
Kind of like how I used to be.
I can look back at many times in my life and see my Herod-moments — those times when I wanted to know what could Jesus give me instead of asking myself, what is Jesus asking of me?
The miracles Jesus performed were not for entertaining us, or making life easy, but rather to show us that He truly is the way, the truth, and the life, and there is no better request of Him than asking Him to show us how to follow Him.
How can I truly live the way Jesus is calling me to live?
Lord, You have done so much for me in my life. What is it that I can do for You?
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About the Author
Christi Braschler is a wife and mom. She was also a lifelong member of the Catholic In Name Only Club until a few years ago when she realized the Practicing Catholic Club had better t-shirts. When she's not folding ridiculous piles of laundry, or roaming the house in search of single socks, she's writing, learning about her faith one misstep at a time, and probably burning dinner. You can follow more from her on her blog: Francis and Squeak.