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.
- 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.