by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada
"And the Lord didn't remove the pillar of cloud or the pillar of fire from its place in front of the people." (Exodus 13:22)
Do you believe the existence of God through miracles in our personal lives?
The world moves on the rhythm of the course of nature but sometimes in an extra-ordinary way. In our lives, if we listen to the call of God, we can experience the presence of God through signs and wonders. "The apostles were performing many miracles and signs and wonders among the people" (Acts 5:12). God gave the Hebrews a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire so they would know day and night that God was with them on their journey to the promised land. The same assurance for people of the 21st century is at our call. The Holy Spirit for all humans is in waiting to descend. The word of God will guide us each day through His Holy Spirit.
Look at the face of Jesus every day for his guidance in each step of our life to help us on our journey. "Yet I'm confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I'm here in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13). We can be inspired and get some message even when we look and listen at the ordinary leaves and flowers as the hand work of God to speak to us. For God's people, every day is a new day with fresh signs and wonders to love and to be loved.
Agnes, later known as Mother Teresa, listened to the call of God and placed herself blindly in God's hand, never knowing where she would be led or what she would be asked to do. The miracles followed her. She said, "I listen to the Lord and I have the gift of obedience, because of that, miracles follow. From the first call, and call within the call, my life seems to have a divine plan. Divine providence is much greater than our little minds and will never let us down." NUMEROUS TIMES, WHEN IT SEEMED THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO DO THE WORK OF MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY, MONEY WAS DONATED to Mother from around the world. And when it seemed that the sisters and Brothers might not have enough food to feed the poor, food was donated from around the world. It was these miracles that proved to Mother Teresa the existence of God and the importance of her life's work.
"I'm nothing," Mother used to tell her followers, "He is all. I do nothing on my own. He does it. I am God‘s pencil. A tiny bit of pencil with which He writes what He likes."
"MANIFESTLY THE FINGER OF GOD IS EVERYTHING. GOD PROVIDES. THERE IS NOTHING I CANNOT MASTER WITH PRAYER AND WITH THE HELP OF THE ONE WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH" (PHILIPPIANS 4:12-13). See everything through the eyes of God in awesome wonder. Then the miracles like fireworks will draw beautiful colors in the sky of your life.
Jesus, let your presence prevail in us by signs and wonders. May those who are helpless and desperate in life be comforted by your miraculous intervention. Please provide food for the hungry, clothes for the naked, heal the sick, job for the jobless, homes for the homeless, child for the childless, forgiveness for the sinner, and protection for orphans and widows/widowers. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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