During His ministry, Jesus performed more than 40 miracles, including healing the sick, changing the natural elements of nature, and even raising people from the dead. A miracle is considered an event that occurs outside the bounds of natural law. Each month we will take a closer look at one of His miracles to understand the depth of His love for us. Understanding the miracles of Jesus can change your life, and it all begins with believing through faith. (Artist’s rendition of Jesus feeding the 5,000)
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
— Saint Augustine
THE ongoing coronavirus global pandemic has really turned everything upside down with so many plans, programs, and schedules canceled due to the threat of further spreading the deadly disease. For the record, there are already more than 200 million cases of infections with 4.25 million deaths worldwide, and here in the Philippines, the scare is the rapid transmission of the more infectious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in the Indian sub-continent.
And along with the health crisis, unemployment has soared dramatically, damaging economic and social activities and seriously affecting people’s lives.
We can see how powerful the virus is as it has taken more lives in such a short period of time and innumerable other people around the world have been exhausted with its terrible impact on their lives and livelihood.
And these grievous difficulties that we experience since the pandemic began have made people’s lives precarious and miserable. Many dominant values in fact, such as fame, fortune, social status, and others that people used to hold onto, have been shattered to their foundations.
But each of us must now realize that we have confined and so do other people, and therefore, we must always rely on one another and need to live in families and in communities to survive. No one can live alone without needing others. Even though those who live alone always use food, clothes, and other basic commodities made by others. We always depend on one another to be able to exist. In simple words, “no man can be an island.”
And we should also trust in the Almighty God since we carry within us the desire to be peaceful, to have a long stable life, and live happily as God’s creations.
Still, though God is forever, everything and everyone in our world is finite or has an end, so we do not always get what we want. Only the omnipotent God can do all things and only in him is their boundless love. Although God is extremely exalted, he always looks at the lowly and does not despise anyone who comes to him. God is full of love and is our most secure support in this life.
And whenever I encounter trials and tribulations in my life, I have an endearing habit of looking up to heaven and talk to the Father. We are created by God’s infinite love; he knows our limitations and weaknesses as we are. That love is most clearly shown in Jesus in the human condition. He accepted to live in a limited body and to die like a human, except for sin. The bottom line to all our questions is that Jesus was resurrected, opening a new life in grace and eternal happiness with God the Almighty Father.
Believing in Him, I have accepted my life as a journey to my heavenly house, and knowing where I come from, what I live for, and where I end up going, I have received Him as my Savior. This way, I am more peaceful amid the enormous difficulties of life.
When I look up at the heavens, I always meet God’s outstretched arms that always wait to bless me.
In life, I meet a lot of good people and I know they are the epitome of the goodness that God gives me. Through them, I feel the love of God, who is the source of all goodness.
Turning to him in all things, I enjoy peace amid my life’s trials since I am firmly convinced of one thing: God never disparages me, never fears me disturbing him. I feel that I am loved by God and have him as my refuge, so I walk peacefully on this earthly journey that is full of uncertainties.
During this coronavirus pandemic, many people are driven to bleak despair, committing suicide to resolve their deadlock because they could not find sanctuary. Covid-19 acts as a graphic reminder of the truth we have forgotten for a long time—that nothing in this world is so solid to become the wall that we could lean on to brace ourselves when calamities beset us.
Even our lives are not guaranteed because today we are alive but tomorrow we are dead. Surely one day, whether we like it or not, we will walk out of this world. We are walking in the world as in a journey only and God awaits us at the end of that journey. In every moment, we have him as our true deliverance.
God is like a bosom friend and is right in our hearts, so we can pray and talk to him anywhere and anytime. When we encounter anything, happy or sad, we can also tell him, especially when we are suffering abject miseries. He is like a loving father, always taking tender care of us.
As Saint Peter said: “Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you” and the Lord personally said in Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (ai/mtvn)