Should We Look for Another?
Today I will visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and renew my faith in his Eucharistic presence
by Father Shawn Aaron | Source: Catholic.net
Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church
Introductory Prayer: All-Powerful Father, the refuge and strength of your people, you protect in adversity and defend in prosperity those who put their trust in you. May we persevere in seeking your will and find our way to you through the obedience of faith.
Petition: Lord, grant that I might see with eyes of faith.
1. Should We Look for Another? Even with John’s spiritual maturity, he is confounded by the apparent slowness of God’s plan. With all his heart he believed that Jesus was the Messiah as revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. Yet nothing significant was happening. He did not doubt God; he doubted his own understanding of the situation. So he sends a message to the very one who could answer the question. His spiritual maturity is revealed in that he does not linger in his doubt but goes to the source that can clarify the situation for him. When things are not clear in our spiritual life we must turn to the sources of grace Jesus established in the Church: prayer, the sacraments, spiritual guidance, Scripture and Sacred Tradition, etc.
2. Go and Tell John What You Have Seen and Heard: .“Jesus accompanies his words with many ‘mighty works and wonders and signs,’ which manifest that the kingdom is present in him and attest that he was the promised Messiah” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 547). Jesus knows that John’s spiritual depth will allow him to recognize God’s works once they are described to him. At the same time, by directing these disciples’ attention to the works being accomplished, Jesus shifts their expectation from that of a political liberator to his true identity as the Savior of Souls come to liberate man from sin, the true ultimate evil.
3. And Blessed Is the One Who Takes No Offense at Me: . “Let no one be deceived, Christ is demanding, the way of Christ is narrow” (Pope Paul VI, March 4, 1970). It is one thing is to know intellectually that we must carry the cross and bear trials with patience. It is another thing altogether to put this knowledge into action. The cross –– persecutions, setbacks, and misunderstandings –– can sometimes catch us by surprise. There are moments in life when we can begin to ask a quiet question in our hearts: “Lord, what are you doing; where are you in all this?” The question reveals that occasionally we are still unfamiliar with God’s ways. His pedagogy and criteria can pinch and hurt, but they are always motivated by love. We can be somewhat frustrated that things are not as we believe they should be. Jesus never promised us it would be easy or that we would not suffer. Nor did he promise us that we would win all the battles. He did however promise us that he would always remain faithful to us, and that if we remain united to him in faith, hope and love -- especially in the dark moments --, we would possess him forever in heaven.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know what it is like to wait patiently and suffer quietly. Even to this day you wait for so many souls to come back to your loving heart. In the difficult moments, grant me the grace to trust you even when I do not understand your ways clearly;, to give when I would rather receive;, and to love when I would prefer to be selfish. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.
Resolution: Today I will visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and renew my faith in his Eucharistic presence.
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||Published by: Michelle Cronmiller
|Date: 2011-12-16 08:11:26
|God is so merciful. I was feeling very discouraged and every word of this article spoke directly to me. I will go visit Him in the tabernacle. Praise be Jesus Amen