Fear seized them all… 06Jun2016

image-of-divine-mercy (2)“My daughter, write that it pains Me very much when religious souls receive the Sacrament of Love merely out of habit… I go to such souls with great reluctance.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina, from her Diary: par. 1288


How would you react if a man walked into church one morning during a funeral, opened the coffin, ordered the person lying within to “Arise,” and then, to the amazement of all, the person sits up, looks around, smiles and climbs out of the coffin and begins to greet everyone present, friends and family alike, with hugs and kisses. Sounds like a scene from a movie but spend a moment reflecting on that scene and examine how you would react. Disbelief might set in at first. “Is this real or am I dreaming?” then wonderment, “Who is this man?” before fear of being in the presence of someone with unexplainable powers might take over my cognitive faculties while my body freezes with questions, unable to grasp hold of the situation.

“He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God” (Lk. 23:35). Doubt comes in many forms. Sometimes it is merely a questioning mind trying to grasp and absorb what cannot be understood. It can be a fearful response to what the senses perceive but the mind fails to comprehend. It may also be a person’s total unwillingness to accept the authenticity of the situation and dismiss as unreal what the senses objectively perceive.

Seeing is believing, or so they say, yet, it is also said that for those who believe no explanation is necessary and for those who do not believe no explanation will suffice. Once we have witnessed a miraculous event, how do we explain or transmit the wonderment of it to others? It is not easy, as Paul testifies in his letter to the Galatians, but he does not give up. He shares his miraculous experience and explains the validity of it all, every day for many years of his life and, eventually, is killed for it…     by Fear.

Every day miracles happen. We need only to open our eyes and hearts, to believe without fear.

Deacon Richard


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