Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
I will be very obedient to the lights I receive today from the Holy Spirit, acting on them with promptness and generosity.
O Lord, you said that blest are they who find
no stumbling block in you. I want to be a blest person, so that you may find in me no obstacle to
the holiness you want for me. I believe in you, but I long for a greater faith to see and respond to
the signs of your hand moving in my world. I love you, Lord, and wish to lead my brothers and
sisters to you through my testimony, through my being truly convinced that you are the life of
Lord, grant me the gift of total surrender to your will for
me in all things.
1. "Where did this man get all this? What mighty deeds are wrought
by his hands:"
How beautiful it is to contemplate the humble and meek Christ! He
now manifests, to the shock and awe of the worldly-minded, the signs of his true origin and the
nature of his true mission. The power of God, the power of the supernatural, now intervenes in
what is merely natural through the mere "carpenter's son." The "signs of credibility" that Christ
enacts through his mighty words and deeds powerfully point to his divine origins and invite his
contemporaries to faith. It is an invitation to leave behind them the superficial category of
Jesus as just a nice neighbor (which means they can live the same as before) and receive the gift of
Christ as Redeemer (which means change and conversion). Are there signs in my life that the Lord
is looking to change me, to change my behavior in some way so I might live more by faith and
charity? How much longer will I resist before I will am won over by his
2. "And they took
offense at him."
It is a sacrifice to give God his place in the ordinary flow of our day. To
do so, we need to sacrifice our sense of self-sufficiency, by which we are inclined to be the prime
mover of everything in our world. We need to sacrifice our vanity, which desists from efforts to
adore God since they bring little or no applause from those around us. We need to sacrifice the
comfort of our naturalism, our horizontal view of things. Ultimately this sacrifice is a work of
love responding to a divine invitation to share in God's life love, because he is asking and wants
to see us giving. Let us move our hearts to embrace this sacrifice joyfully, for the sake of love.
It helps to see that in this passage there are no neutral states. Those who reject the invitation to
love are turned to love's opposite hate, specifically the hatred of the supernatural. It is a
tragedy at work in our culture in many places, giving rise to the forces of anti-evangelization. Let
us pray and be vigilant that it may never become our tragedy.
3. "He was not able to
perform any mighty deed there."
Our Lord makes himself vulnerable to us, to our
willingness to believe. He comes only to make us happy and to elevate our lives to be more
beautiful, deeper in meaning and richer in fruits. He wants to bring into our life his power to work
miracles and to move mountains of fear and burdens that we encounter. He comes to be ointment for
our wounds and consolation for our weary hearts. The only thing he needs to make us happy, then, is
our faith, our unconditional and active faith. Without it (since he respects our freedom), we
cripple his capacity to act in our life as Savior and Lord. How sad it is to see how easily we
refuse such a selfless and beautiful gift.
Conversation with Christ:
teach me to receive you with a heart ready to leave my
rationalistic way of acting and
choosing. Help me to know how
to read your invitations with supernatural faith and to
them in true obedience, where true love proves itself.
I will be very obedient to the lights I receive today from the Holy Spirit, acting on
them with promptness and generosity.