here & now

Apparition (definition):
an unusual or unexpected sight 

a remarkable or unexpected appearance of someone or something.

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and this Mexican place of pilgrimage is the third most visited shrine in the world receiving almost 20 million pilgrims each year.

Many people are skeptical about the possibility that Mary might appear on earth, or that other similarly remarkable and unexpected things happen. While there’s nothing wrong with having doubts or reservations, when skepticism limits our ability to see the full reality of human existence (which can never be reduced to the rational and tangible) then we are living a rather limited existence.

Life in relationship Jesus Christ opens a new dimension of existence, beyond what we can reasonably expect or presume to be possible. Without Christ the best we can hope for is what we can achieve for ourselves. With faith, the miracles worked by Jesus are offered to us today.

These miracles will often be unusual and unexpected, and cannot be satisfactorily explained to those seek rational and tangible evidence.

Our problem is that while we accept that miracles and apparitions might happen for other people in other times and other places, we struggle to believe that God will work miracles for us, and will communicate with us here and now as directly.

An Invitation:

  • Place your need before Jesus, and expect Him to communicate with you clearly and directly today in a way that you know to be a miracle worked by Jesus personally for you. 

PS:  Some readers will know that earlier this year I was appointed as the National Director of Liturgy for Aotearoa New Zealand. Today we uploaded the first of a new video series to the www.nlo.org.nz website. In this four minute clip I offer a thought on preparing for liturgy. Watch the video at this link. 

5 Responses to "here & now"
  1. Thank you John, I so often acknowledge the miracles that happen around me, but am slow to see the ones that happen FOR me.
    I am confident that the healing Christ will give me the miracle I have asked for today.
    Now to watch the Video!

  2. “Life in relationship Jesus Christ opens a new dimension of existence, beyond what we can reasonably expect or presume to be possible.” This is the truest!
    Thank you for reminding us that we certainly, if we choose to, live in this wonderful new dimension of existence. We are truly in this world but not of it!
    God Bless you Fr John, keep these things in our face.

  3. The Short Catechism was my pocket-book for many years as a young person. Everyday the Religious Sisters encouraged us to read and memorize the multiplicity of teachings outlined in the Primary School Catholic Catechism. I believed it was my Life Atlas, teaching and supporting me to live happily in this world and in the next world.
    After experiencing a period of overwhelming loss and grief in my adult life I became aware of a phenomenal reality born within me … the imminence of my Creator God. The miraculous realization of my integral oneness with the Divine healed me and empowered me to continue to live my life and love in the ‘miraculous here and now’. +

  4. Father John, I am afraid to say that I find today’s thought a bit depressing, as I cannot think of any miracles that Jesus has worked in my life that are ” unusual and unexpected, and cannot be satisfactorily explained to those [who] seek rational and tangible evidence.”
    This leads me to believe that I can not be living a life that meets God’s standards.
    I therefore need to be more like the woman who suffered from bleeding, who knew that she would be healed if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’s garment.
    Pray that Jesus will grant me the faith needed for miracles to happen in my life.

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