Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who not have seen me, and yet believe.” John 20: 29
Having a personal relationship with Jesus changes one’s life. Perhaps it was easier to develop a relationship with the Lord when he walked the earth. However, wherever we are, we can have this relationship through our human relationships, in the Word, in the Sacraments, and though prayer. Our lives will keep being transformed in this interchange.
Whenever life gets complicated and we start feeling bad about ourselves, come to Jesus; talk to Him. Received His Mercy; received His peace! We will rise from the feelings that are negative about ourselves; we will be transformed in Jesus’ mercy and love. Mercy and love, with Jesus is Divine, and unconditional. There exists no better relationship!
“Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it, and fertilize it; it may best fruit in the future.” Luke 13:9
What an important time Lent is, but we can make it wonderful! Our Lord will use this time to cultivate our lives. The goal is to bear fruits of love and peace. The world need us to bear fruit abundantly!
We are already at the third week of Lent, and we have this wonderful reminder of the Parable of the Fig Tree. However, if we do not heed the message the Lord is giving us, it is just a beautiful example of literature.
Be available to be cultivated!
In our prayer we allow ourselves be cultivated and fertilized with the Holy Spirit, and bear fruit to change our world. Jesus wants us to do this, He will always be available to do this, but we must do our part, pray!
Jesus’ Mother had her Son help a couple make their wedding day special. Jesus in doing this sign shows His love for people. However, those involved in this miracle had to follow what Jesus told them to do.
Jesus uses us, we are the servant at the wedding we call life!
The waiters in the Wedding of Cana, did not understand why Jesus told them to pure water. Why? How does that make sense?
Following Jesus does not have to make sense, but if we do, our situations in life will be transformed.
But you have kept the good wine until now. John 2:10
Water was turned into the choicest wine, a way was made out on no way, because Jesus got involved in the situation.
Let Jesus have all of our situations and do what He tells us to do!
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. John 18:37
There are so many things that are happening in our world, in our society, in our families and in our personal lives that it is so easy to be distracted. The Pandemic of 2020 has gone into 2021, and does not seem to be stopping! The emotions, and our reactions that come out of these distractions can change how we treat ourselves and others. We need the reminder of this Solemn Feast Day of Christ the King to regain our focus.
In all situations, Jesus Reigns!
If we stay present to this Kingdom, in our total being, then the things in this world have a focus and a purpose that brings us back to love.
Love is Always the Answer!
Jesus is Love! When He is our King, then we can maneuver in the chaos not be controlled by it!
“Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who contributing to the treasury.” Mark 12:43
The Widow as a role model.
Jesus uses the woman as a challenge for all people. We do not know this person’s name, but what is important is how she approached her faith in God.
Perhaps this story also points to another reality, this widow lived the way she acted in this occasion. May be she lived a life of total surrender. It takes a great deal of trust to give from your “want” as compared to those who give from their “plenty”.
Jesus is not making a commandment here, He is, however, giving us a challenge to look at ourselves and see how we fit in the story.
We can join Jesus in His amazement at His own people. We may also join Him in the sadness that His love was blocked by contempt.
Familiarity breeds contempt!
Jesus knew the people from His home village and He loved them as He loves everyone. But because of the wall that they made, they could not receive His love. What a sad story! It is a terrible loss of a wonderful opportunity for healing miracles to happen in the lives of the people who knew Jesus!
Familiarity breeds contempt!
We can become the village folk of Jesus’ day. Jesus must be kept on the throne in our lives. Let no wall block Him from loving us into His miracles and blessings! May our faith be ever strong!