September 17, 2019
(St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” Lk_7:11-17
A cut hurts, a boat floats and a dead man does not sit up and speak! And when the cut feels good or the boat sinks or the dead rise, then the natural world becomes a little uncomfortable, it becomes supernatural. And supernatural may either be something good when it’s God’s doing or something very fearful when it is not. At the hands of Jesus the crowd knows that the rising of the dead man must surely be God driven. And if it’s God driven, then they also know that God has come among them. Something they’ve been waiting for, for a very long time.
If we pray for people’s healing, or for a job for the unemployed, or just for some love to come into someone’s life and those “miracles” actually happen, do we remember our prayer? Do we give thanks to God for answering those prayers? Or do we never realize that it was God all along who actually heard and answered? If we never picture God answering our prayers, if we never imagine them ever being answered, then, what’s the point of praying in the first place. God our Father, through Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit have all the power to answer our little prayers. Trust in God and patiently wait. Then never forget to Give God thanks. For He loves us so very much.
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