March 31st, Monday Fourth Week of Lent

Bringing Us to Faith

“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”  John 4:48

I have to admit that I have always been fascinated with signs and wonders. As a child, I wanted to witness miraculous appearance of Mary or a wondrous healing. I wanted the kind of supernatural experiences that some of the saints spoke about. When that didn’t happen I read all I could on extrasensory perception, ghostly manifestations and other paranormal phenomena. For all the attention I gave to signs and wonders, faith arrived in a quiet way.

God knows better than we do what will bring us to faith. For some, it may be signs and wonders, for others a healing or an unusual sense of God’s presence. But the ordinary, everyday Christian life cannot depend solely on the miraculous. At many points along the way, we will need to rely on the simple trust of the royal official in today’s gospel.

Mark Neilsen

Read: Isaiah 65: 17-21, Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13, John 4: 43-54

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