Changed by Grace
Dear Faith Family,
Can you imagine being so impacted by grace, that others won’t believe it?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a blind man. Obviously, since we are so versed in the life of Christ, that is no surprise to us. We know and believe of Jesus’ miracles, so we don’t doubt it. We also have people and a parish that supports our belief in Jesus Christ.
Some of the formerly blind man’s neighbors though, who have seen that the man was healed from blindness, still could not believe Jesus was God. Even with the evidence being so striking.
When asked about who healed him, the man not only explained who did it, but also explained how it was done. He also explained who Jesus is. What was the response of some of the neighbors? Disbelief and admonishment of Jesus Christ. Not only that, some of the neighbors discredited his whole story.
We have been changed by grace. We were once blind, like the blind man was. If we were asked, do we have the courage to attribute our goodness to Jesus Christ, knowing that some people will still deny the obvious evidence of grace?
This Lent, are we able to reflect on the miracles of our lives, in light of the Resurrection? The man who was once blind was so obviously impacted by Jesus, do we believe we have been impacted in a similar way? We live in an era where self help and self reflection is on the forefront (justifiably), how many times have used that time to reflect on the tiny miracles of our lives. If we were to reflect on these miracles, how many of us are able to share them and attribute it to our Lord?
The truth is, some people won’t believe us when we attribute the goodness of our lives to Jesus. Are we prepared to share that same testimony with those who don’t believe? Are we prepared to be disciples in the face of rejection?
I ask this question, knowing that discipleship is in the forefront of our culture at Padre Serra.
I ask this question, knowing confidently that you have already said yes.
Youth and Young Adult Minister
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