Ezra 6: 19-23: Marvels – Part VI
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Luke 7:1-17: Resuscitation
We have reflected on the marvels God worked for Ezra and the Israelites who returned from exile. We have considered the marvels God works in our lives, and the miracles Jesus brings to us. We have deliberated on the nature of the Holy Spirit who dwells in the new temple of our hearts. Today we turn to a well-known story from the New Testament as we also consider the human deeds at which Jesus himself marvels. And we celebrate the great gifts God gives us freely. Rebirth. Renewal. Rejuvenation. Restoration.
This is the message of today’s reading of the two stories The Healing of a Centurion’s Slave and The Raising of the Widow’s Son. A pagan master who is more giving, loving, hope-filled and faithful than the people of Israel stirs the Messiah to act with compassion. A woman whose only son dies moves the Teacher with pity. So too can we move the Christ and be moved by him. When we read these stories we understand fully how much God forgives, how much God yearns for union, how much God wants our trust, how much God is present to us . . . constantly.
From today’s MAGNIFICAT:
You are faithful in your forgiveness: strengthen in trust all who fear to approach you in the sacrament of penance.
You are gracious to all who come to you: make gracious all who represent you in the presence of sin and suffering.
You are merciful to all who turn to you for help: enlighten in wisdom all who have the opportunity to encourage others in prayer.
You forgive every human failing: preserve us from the temptation to trap others in their sins by passing on small-minded gossip.
So wide is God’s mercy that no sin is too great or too small for forgiveness. So much narrower is our charity that we often find the small annoyances the hardest to forgive. The more we turn in prayer to the all-forgiving God, the more we will become like him in extending the hand of pardon to others in every daily circumstance.
God does more than sustain and nourish. God is constantly present. God heals. God renews. God will even resuscitate. We demonstrate our belief in all of this when we take our small and large problems to God. And we demonstrate our love God when we act in deep and abiding trust . . . even as we marvel at God’s great work in us.
Adapted from a Favorite written on September 19, 2008.
Cameron, Peter John. “Prayer for the Morning.” MAGNIFICAT. 19.9 (2008). Print.