Seeing the Signs

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March 3

Readings: Is 65:17-21; Jn 4:43-54

"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe." Jn 4:48

"Lord, grant me enough adversity to keep my hand firmly clasped in Thine," reads a short prayer on a classic bookmark.

The trouble facing the royal official — his son's declining health — was something he had probably tried to handle on his own. Because of his position, he probably could afford special attention for his son. But now the son was near death. Now the man was desperate.

There's no indication that the royal official had sought out Jesus when He was previously at Cana in Galilee. Upon Jesus' return there, the royal official travels about 20 miles to see Him. The man asks Jesus to come down and heal his son. Jesus' first response is a general criticism of those assembled for their lack of faith, presumably including the royal official.

By now, the official, who might have begun his journey as a last resort, has developed a degree of belief. The man persists. His plea becomes more urgent, "Sir, come down before my child dies."

Jesus promises a healing for the son. But the man actually receives two blessings: his son's recovery and faith for himself and his household.

Our sanctification can be advanced in ways we don't expect. In her Diary, St. Faustina records a vision of herself walking to take a place at the altar. As she progressed, people threw mud, stones, and other items at her. Once she reached her place at the altar, the same people reached out to her, asking for graces. Saint Faustina writes, "I was surprised that I felt a very special love precisely for those persons who had forced me to go more quickly to my appointed place" (Diary, 31).

Even the most challenging parts of life can work for our own sanctification. Can we still find Jesus in the face of adversity?

Lord Jesus, help me to find comfort in knowing that You are with me when I face adversity and that You can use all things for my sanctification. Amen.

Jn 6:30


Diary of St. Faustina
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Olga E. Blake - Mar 3, 2008

I needed this message right now. Thank You!!!!!!!

Lori - Mar 3, 2008

Hey Me Tooooo!!!

Christine - Mar 3, 2008

Thank you Jesus for being with us along the way.

Martha-Ann - Mar 3, 2008

Due to some difficult family situations, I was feeling rather low. Then I went to the Marians' website -1st time ever! - and found this msg about adversity. I "prayed" it fr my heart and felt like my burden was being lifted.

zulema - Mar 5, 2008

it is so nice to go into a place in the internet and actually find food for your soul!!!!!!!!!thank you.......

Leslie - Mar 5, 2008

It is nice to have prayers and meditations at one's fingers tips, but also to have discussion with people online too.

What I take away from this meditation is that we are all God's children, and he does take care of us. We all bare crosses, but we cannot forget that Jesus carried the biggest cross ever. Faith is soooo important!

our cross is really light - Mar 5, 2008

I feel my cross feels heavier and harder to bear when I add more weight to it. God's cross to us is really light, as He is there helping to carry it, if only we let him. My biggest sadness, is hurting Him who died for the love of me. So many little ways we hurt Him and yet oh how I love him.