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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

DO YOU WANT A MIRACLE?

 

Today’s Readings:

Job 7:1-4,6-7

Psalm 147:1-6

1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23

Mark 1:29-39

 

The salvation of souls is the chief ministry of the Catholic church. “Soul” here refers to the entire person—mind, body, spirit and soul. No part of a person is more important than the other and no part should be neglected in the care which is given to anyone. May the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole being, spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Our deepest yearning is to be loved by God. In the first reading, Job mourns his poor physical state, “Remember that my life is but a breath, and that my eyes will never again see joy” (Job 7:7). When our biggest concern is our physical well-being alone, life because tiresome. But when we are conscious that we are embodied spiritual beings, we find satisfaction in our longing by reaching out to God who quenches the thirst of every yearning soul. I pray that you find boundless joy in Christ Jesus our Lord both in times of lack and of plenty in Jesus’ name.


True joy comes from helping others find love. Saint Paul is considered the greatest Christian evangelizer of all time. He tells us his secret: “For the weak, I made myself weak: I made myself all things to all men to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23). Christianity is a quest for self-discovery by service. In order words, you will discover yourself on the path you take to serve others. This is contrary to our self-centred lifestyle today. May we be inspired by the life of Christ and the saints to serve others with our gifts and so find joy and peace through the same Christ our Lord. Miracles are evidence of God’s goodness but do not be fixated on them. ‘Miracle no dey tire Jesus’ but Jesus will not wear himself out for those who only see him as a magician. A miracle worker aims to lead people to faith in God. A magician is only interested in holding and exploiting people’s attention. When Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, many others came to him for healing. He healed the sick, the possessed, and those suffering from one disease or another. Although their bodies were healed, their hearts and minds were far away. Jesus left that district saying, “Let us go elsewhere…so that I can preach there too because that is why I came” (Mark 1:38).


The goal of miracles is to pull people in so that they can hear the word of God and be transformed from the inside out. Yearn for a miracle of conversion—so that you love God above everyone and everything and live solely for Him. I pray for this miracle in your life today and I pray that your life may be transformed for the very best through Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                JUDE-MARY OWOH


 

To surrender your life to Christ, say this prayer aloud: 

Father, I acknowledge my sin against You. I repent and ask for forgiveness, in the name of Jesus. I believe and surrender to the lordship of Jesus. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, take control of my heart and lead me in Your path of righteous. Thank You, Lord!  If you said the above short prayer, Congratulations! Prayerfully look for a living church and report to the resident reverend, pastor or priest.


Prayer:

  1. Heavenly Father, thank you for the miracle of each new day. Help me to repent of my sins and embrace your saving grace wholeheartedly daily through Christ our Lord. Amen. .

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