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Extraordinary signs

Thứ năm - 18/02/2016 18:06
His preaching of the word of God should have been sign enough.

EXTRAORDINARY SIGNS
 
One of the most impressive of all Catholic shrines is that of Lourdes in France. There miraculous cures have occurred, many of them authenticated through a most intense scrutiny by a team of experts. To see, and even more to experience personally, such a miracle would indeed be a tremendous bolstering of one's faith.
 
The people in today's Gospel were looking for some such miracle from Jesus, some spectacular proof of His claims. But Jesus refused to give any extraordinary sign to them. His preaching of the word of God should have been sign enough.
 
Though we are people of faith, it is only natural that once in a while we wish for some extraordinary sign from God to confirm our faith. For the most part, however, we must live by and accept the ordinary signs of God's activity among us, the most important of which are found in the Mass. First is the sign of our coming together as God's people. We ourselves are a sign of the presence of Jesus, for as Jesus promised, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst." Actually it is Jesus who continues to pray within us as head of the Mystical Body. The word of God is also a sign. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reminds us that Jesus "is present in His word, since it is He Himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church." It is Jesus who renews the offering of Himself in the sacred sign of the consecration, and Jesus who comes to us under the sign of food and drink.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder . Jesus suffered and died before He was raised from the dead. The greatest sign, therefore, that Jesus has given is that of His passage from death to life in what we call the Paschal Mystery. What signs are you looking for?
 
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Từ khóa: Lc 11:29-32, reflection, mc1

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