God is Miraculous
What miracles do you see in your daily life? It can be hard to see any when we aren't looking, not searching for the wonders God can bring. Think of Moses and the burning bush. I'm sure he was so amazed that he couldn't breathe, couldn't even fathom what God was doing in order to call him to lead the Israelites away from Pharaoh. Now, we probably shouldn't expect a burning bush to tell us what move to make next. However, God does give us miracles as we move through the day. They may not be as extraordinary as a burning bush. The little things like spending a day with your family at the zoo or joining together to say a night prayer. Maybe it's getting off an hour early from work so as to have more time to relax and spend with loved ones. In every joy we see, we feel, God is working behind the scenes.
Today's Gospel states: 'After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent." And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea' (Luke 4:38-44).
In today's Gospel, we read how Jesus helped the sick and healed the wounded. They praises him for doing these miracles, for helping them to live more joyful lives. In the same way that Jesus was physically present to help and bring joy to those people, God helps us. We just need to believe, and trust that things will work out according to His plan. Take some time today to think about the little miracles and joys God has given you lately. Thank Him for the joy.
Today's prayer comes from 'Reflections' a Celtic prayer for joy:
As the hand is made for holding and the eye for seeing, You have fashioned me for joy. Share with me the vision that finds that joy everywhere. In the wild violet’s beauty; In the lark’s melody; In the face of a steadfast man; In a child’s smile; In a mother’s love; In the purity of Jesus. Amen.