Monday, IV week of Lent, Year A

To believe, is to see!

Readings: 1st: Is 65:17-21; Ps: 29; Gos: Jn 4:43-54

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com

Today, we live in a world of strictly of, “seeing, is believing”. That is, in a highly pragmatic and experiential world. Unfortunately, our sense of reality has been reduced to the epistemological level of sense perception.

Today’s gospel paints a true picture of the world we live in. Many have abandoned realty for shadow. We live in a world where miracle must be the proof of an authentic man or woman of God. So, many rush to anywhere they are told that there is a possibility of getting a miracle, no matter what it will take. Many now seek God only for what they will get from him, rather than because he is God and deserves our true worship in faith and in spirit.

Christ said to the centurion: “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” How many of us are living in this state of unbelief today? How many of us believe only when things are working out fine for us, or even, only when we are in trouble? The centurion came to Christ with humility and faith. Yes, he first believed the simple healing command of Christ: “Go, your son will live.” He left in faith, and this faith moved mountain for him.

Is our case tougher than the centurion’s? I do not think so! Can God resolve the present problem we are facing in our world today? I say yes! Are we ready to listen to his command in faith? Unfortunately, I still doubt it! This is because, we are still imprisoned by the philosophy that: “Seeing, is believing”

The truth is that, in every moment, and circumstance of our life, God has never ceased to doing great things for us. He has not stop being a merciful and loving Father. Unfortunately, many of us cannot see this reality, because we still believe and live according to our own philosophy of life.

Finally, my dear brethren, our worship of God must not depend only on the physical miracles we wish to receive from Him. Rather, we must worship him because of who he is, our Creator and Master of the universe. If he chooses to confirm his works with miracles, so be it. He knows what to do for us, when, and how to do it. However, we must first believe in Him, because in spiritual matters, “to believe, is to see.”

Peace be with You.

Maranatha!

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