Hope you are all doing well after the humidity in the weather had gone down a bit. Hope to have the same kind of pleasant weather in coming days.
I would like to express my gratitude to all of you from the depth of my heart for making the Mass of the Sesquicentennial Jubilee of the Diocese at St. Michael’s last Saturday (07.14.2018). That was a blissful event where all our three parishes came together and worked it out so perfectly well. Congratulations and thank you very much.
Sometimes in the social media we see some posts which used to make me think about them. One such post is about miracles. I have seen posts like a bunch of clouds that may look like a human being, if you try to figure it out too closely. If it is like a woman-like image, people claim it to be Mary. If it is a man-like image, the post would claim it to be Jesus. Sometimes they take pictures of the lightnings and claim it to the image of some holy objects. These they claim to be miracles and they want people to base their faith on these so-called miracles which in fact are not so. These are expressions of a very feeble faith. There are many more miracles than these. I don’t mean to underestimate the real miracles that may happen through which God would definitely reveal Himself. He would have real miracles to convey or give to people if He wants. They would be incredibly miraculous. But do we need them at all?
As I said, the primary miracle that most of us mostly forget is the miracle of our life, that we are able to live. It is a miracle when too many number of people do not get up in the morning, we get up safe and sound. It is a miracle when there are people who have a kind heart amidst those who give in to the consumeristic culture. It is a miracle when there are people who do not care about God and spiritual matters, there are people who care about all these. It is a miracle when there are people not wise enough to choose a better option/side of life, there are those that do choose it. It is a miracle when there are people who care about their kids and grow them well amidst people who have a don’t care attitude towards their children. It is a miracle when there are sincere and honest people amidst those that are insincere and dishonest. It is a miracle when there are those who choose to live a moral and disciplined life amidst those that are swayed by ways of sheer pleasure. It is a miracle when there are people who go by principles among those that are living by pleasure and comforts. It is a miracle when people try to love others amidst the world of hatred. It is a miracle when people selflessly care for others in a world filled with selfishness. It is a miracle when people are able to forgive the enemy and treacherer in a world of revenge. It is a miracle when people are happy and proud of others’ good things in a world of jealousy. It is a miracle when the children take care of their parents in a world of indifference towards the elderly. Yes. There are too many miracles.
We are a people called to be miracles, not a people called to look for miracles outside of us. If we can perform any of the miracles mentioned above, we will be the living miracles, not just imagined or illusional miracles. Christians are people beyond the miracles, because we ourselves are miracles par excellence. So, do not look for miracles. Be a MIRACLE.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony.