Mt 9:27-31 Do You Believe I Can Do This?
I know we are never to put God to the test. However, I have asked for miracles in my life and I can say that the Lord has answered many of them (if not all of them) with a “yes”. Why? I have no idea. I don’t deserve it. I didn’t earn it. But I think the Lord gave it because I needed it. One miracle in particular I will never forget. While I was in Rome studying for the deaconate, I corresponded with some of my former students. I had three incredible years as a Formation Dean in a boarding school and it was a wonderful experience. I kept in touch with many of them over the years. One, in particular, would invite me to his hometown to come visit his family. It was impossible. I was in Rome. I don’t decide where I go, not even for vacation. So, I would always tell him…maybe…one day. I knew it was impossible. He lived in Mexico and in a very small town, Aguascalientes. For some reason, I decided to take a chance. I asked the Lord to grant me this request. I wrote it down and prayed for it every single day for six weeks. I say six weeks because on the six week my Superior in Rome requested to see me. I went over to his office and he informed me that once I was ordained a deacon I would be heading to the United States to be the Executive Director of a school in Michigan. I was thrilled! I couldn’t believe it! I thanked him and asked him when I would leave. He told me, “Well, before you go to Michigan, I need you to get some training. I am going to send you to a priest that is working in one of our schools. He’s from Ireland. He’s one of the best.” I thought to myself, Ireland! Wow! Great! “When do I leave?” “You leave next week for Mexico. He’s working there. In a small town called Aguascalientes.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I couldn’t even comprehend the miracle that I had just witnessed. I must of looked like a ghost because my Superior probably thought that I was going to faint. It was true. I had a chance to go to Mexico, to Aguascalientes and to see my former student and many others. It was truly a gift from Heaven.
“Do you believe that I can do this?” Do you really believe that the Lord can truly help you? We know he exists. But is he real? Do you believe in a God that is like the moon, He comes and goes? Or is God truly present in MY LIFE! Do I count on him? Do I trust him? Do I seek his presence? Presence and awareness are two different things. I could be in a restaurant eating with my friends and unaware that my best friend is present, just around the corner. He is there, but I am unaware of it. The same can happen in our relationship with the Lord. He exists, but he is not a present in my life.
This Advent, I need to ask the Lord to come into my soul and into my life. That is, my daily life, daily realities, daily activities. What happens on the global scale – the nativity of our Lord, the second coming of our Lord – must happen in my personal world, in my life. He must become present to me!
Two blind men heard about the Lord. Although they could not see, they took three important steps forward. What did they do? First step: They learned about him. They took the time to listen to the stories about him, the miracles that had occurred through him. Second step: They wanted to be a part of his life; his story. They wanted to have a personal experience with the Lord. Third step: They followed him. That was the most important step. They went after him. They didn’t stop until they had found him. It changed their lives, FOREVER! In the end, the had a real, personal relationship with the Lord that changed their lives for good.
Let the Lord do the same for you. Ask him to come into your life on a daily basis. “Lord, increase our faith.” Ask him to touch your eyes, your ears, your hands and your feet. Ask him for the impossible as long as it is good, right and holy. Ask him for a miracle, for patience, for understanding, for love and for forgiveness. Ask him to be a Saint: to be holy, to be his. Do you believe he can do this? Yes, Lord. I believe! (By the way, I am still waiting for this miracle to occur!!!)
As the Lord says in Scripture, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”