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
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",
Used with the permission of Fr. Cusick from his website.