Evidence

Even they testify on my behalf. 

Imagine you were alive in the early first century.   Would you have believed that Jesus was the Son of God?   You probably would have wanted some evidence.

That’s precisely what Jesus gave his listeners in Scripture—evidence.   He shared four “signs” that point to his divinity: human testimony, miracles, the Father’s affirmation, and the Scriptures.

How about us?   Truth be told, we often need evidence to help us in our faith.   And God is more than willing to give it to us.   He loves helping us believe that it’s all true: that Jesus is God’s Son, that he loves us and poured himself out for us on the cross, and that he’s offering us eternal life.

Actually, God is constantly sending us signs.   We can see them every time we attend Mass: in our fellow parishioners, in the miracle of our own love for the Lord, in the Liturgy of the Word, and in the Eucharist.   But beyond Mass, God gives us signs in the ordinary routines of our day-to-day lives.   We just have to open our eyes, and the Spirit will help us see them.

For instance, if you are reading Scripture, and just one line or one word jumps out at you, that’s evidence that the Lord is at work in you.   He is sending you a message, just for you!

If you wake up with the thought that you should try to befriend a coworker who rubs you the wrong way, that’s evidence that the Holy Spirit is changing your heart.

If you go out of your way to do something special for a loved one today, that’s a sign of God’s presence.   He’s making you more like Jesus, who is endlessly generous and kind.

Even your desire to pray and read this magazine today points to Jesus risen and active in your life.

Today, try to see the signs that God will be sending you.   And even if you can’t find anything specific, remember that he has already sent the greatest of signs—Jesus—to live with you.   He has already given you the most moving of signs of his love: his cross.

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  1. Amen! Amen! Amen! Have a blessed Easter, Fr. Maurice.

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