Monday April 15, 2024

What kind of sign do you want to be?

Good News Reflections:
Making scripture meaningful to your daily life
by Terry Modica


“We might have less trust, but not less faith. The faith might be hidden, but it’s already within us.”


Good News Reflection for:

Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter
April 15, 2024

Today’s Prayer:

Beloved Jesus, give me the grace of being able to earnestly turn back to you when earthly matters try to take me away from You and Your paths. Amen.

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Today’s Readings:

Acts 6:8-15
Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
John 6:22-29
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Signs or Wonders?

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In the first reading for today, Stephen works “great wonders and signs”. Is there a difference between a wonder and a sign? In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus challenges his followers because they had chased after him for the wonderful miracles he performed — wonders that only filled their temporal (earthly) needs and desires.

A wonder is a miracle. A sign points to God as we travel down the road of life toward our eternal destiny.

Why are there fewer miracles today than in the first Christian century? Is it because we have less faith? No, because faith comes from the Holy Spirit, as a gift, and we have no less of the Holy Spirit now than anyone ever did, for God’s Spirit cannot be diminished. We might have less trust, but not less faith. The faith might be hidden, but it’s already within us.

There are many factors that contribute to fewer wonder-full miracles today, but I’d like us to look at the what, not the why. Whether we receive the miracles we ask for or not, God wants the experience to help us rely upon him more fully, because this affects what is eternal within us. His highest priority is the purification of our souls. What good is a miracle if we are not somehow converted by it? Sometimes we receive more conversion if we don’t get the miracle.

Miracles are a normal part of Christian living. Otherwise, Jesus would not have manifested both signs and wonders during his ministry, nor would he have continued doing so through Stephen and the other disciples. But miracles are like the bread that Jesus multiplied: “You should not be working for perishable food.” When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus eventually died again. When Jesus walked on water, he got to the other side and the miracle ended. When he calmed the storm, another day came with another storm.

Miracles are a bonus, not the goal. Signs are what point us to the goal. Conversion is the goal. Deepening our intimacy with God is the goal. Greater holiness in daily life is the goal.

As we follow the signs, we become signs that point others to Christ. In your need for a miracle, is your attitude about suffering and endurance pointing others to Christ? When we’re more interested in the wonders of temporal gifts than in the signs of eternal value, we get frustrated with God because he’s not doing things our way. Are you a sign that tells others that God always loves us and knows what’s best for us — or are you sign that says he doesn’t care?

What kind of sign do you want to be?

To help you reflect further on this, go to our video: “John 6:63 – God’s Amazing Word for Miracles” @ https://gnm-media.org/john-663-gods-amazing-word-miracles-2/

© 2024 by Terry A. Modica

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