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August 24, 2022

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, August 24 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends, and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/082422.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Revelation 21:9b-14
Responsorial: Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
Gospel: John 1:45-51

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
You will see greater things than this. John 1:50b

Do you believe in Jesus? If so, why?

Did you experience a miracle? Is it the result of sitting in the same church with many friends and a comfortable Christian community? Is your faith the result of traditions passed down to you by your parents over the years? Maybe you converted via a preacher or Christian friend?

Believing in Jesus is personal. Regardless of how our belief started, authentic faith grows. It multiplies and widens its reach within us. It changes us.

In the Gospel reading today, Jesus asked Nathanael, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?” Why does Jesus ask this question? Does it matter why we believe?

Jesus does not dismiss what enticed Nathanael to believe in Jesus. He simply says, “You will see greater things than this.”  This is just the beginning.

Believing in Jesus is not simply a date or moment in our lives. It’s not a “once and done” event. Jesus calls us to embrace the living Christ in our hearts. When we allow Christ’s vision to become our vision, greater things happen.

Recently Al and I visited my 94-year-old Aunt Dee in Colorado Springs. She has been in hospice for many months. She and my 92-year-old mother talk by phone every night from 8-9 pm. They often talk about growing up on the farm in a German Lutheran family. Their faith is strong, yet they wonder why they are both still alive.

As we sat in the hospice facility room and listened to Dee tell stories about her life, it became clear she was ready to move on. I mentioned that she has many people who love her waiting to greet her whenever her time comes. Her parents, siblings, husband, a son, and friends. We talked about those people she loves and will see again. Her face lit up with joy at the thought. Al and I left knowing we would not see her again on this earth, yet so happy that we had this time together. She passed peacefully in her sleep that night.

As Jesus says, we “will see greater things than this.”

Blessings to you,
Ruth Mytty

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