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Meeting Christ in the Liturgy
by Fr. Cusick
(Note:  CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Epistle: Romans 15. 4-13; Gospel: St. Matthew 11, 2-10 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Jesus testifies to himself both through his words and his works. He reveals the kingdom to all who are open to see and to hear the truth. The disciples of John come to him to hear his testimony. Because they are open to the truth, they will hear and believe. They will know the power and peace of the kingdom. The Catechism addresses these signs of the kingdom in Christ. 

The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent him. They invite belief in him. (Jn 5:36) To those who turn to him in faith, he grants what they ask.(Mk 5:25-34) So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father's works; they bear witness that he is the Son of God. (Jn 10:31-38) But his miracles can also be occasions for "offense", (Mt 11:6) they are not intended to satisfy people's curiosity or desire for magic. Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus; he is even accused of acting by the power of demons. (Jn 11:47-48) (CCC 548) 

Let us accept the gift of signs according to the Father's will, never taking offense at his marvelous providence, in which he promises not a "hair of our heads" will be harmed. Let us wait upon the Lord in patience as we ask for all our needs in prayer, confident that he will never fail to reveal the kingdom to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we "meet Christ in the liturgy", 

 -Father Cusick 

Used with the permission of Fr. Cusick from his website