In today’s gospel reading, Jesus returns to Galilee and performs another visible miracle for the Galileans: Jesus heals the official’s son. He understands the skepticism of the people there, saying, “Unless you people see miraculous signs, and wonders, you will never believe.”
Today we often have a very hard time seeing, and sometimes even believing, in the possibility of divine miracles made possible through Jesus Christ. When good things happen to us, we believe it is the result of all our hard work or our ability to muscle through the problem set. When problems go away, we often dismiss the hand of God and simply say, “These things have a way of working out.” It is hard to believe in miracles. They seem the work of a Biblical Harry Potter, a fictional account from an author with an amazing imagination.
However, if we examine closely, we see the miracles of Jesus happening in our lives every day. For me the miracle is in the clarity I feel in the morning after I have gone to bed asking God’s help. The miracle is in the uplifting joy of hearing a message from the pulpit on Sunday morning – the message that answers the very question I have been asking. For me the miracle is in a new friendship – that came along at just the right time when I or my friend needed each other.
If we open our eyes, we can all see the divine miracles made possible through Jesus Christ. After all, they are happening in our lives every single day.
Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 30:1-6, 11-13, John 4:43-54