Grace to you!
One of the fascinating religious experiences I've witnessed was at Saint Brigid Church, Hanford, California, in 2012. It was a miracle of healing and conversion.
A young man in his early twenties born and bred in an atheistic home fell in love with a young Catholic girl. Because of his love for the girl, he followed the girl to church for Sunday Mass. During the homily, something dramatic happened to both of them.
According to the girlfriend, she felt a gentle hand touch her shoulders. As she looked up and around, nobody was there, while the feeling of the touch persisted. She looked at the boyfriend. He was deep in thoughts as if an angel had visited him. While this was going on, a light shone on both of them. She saw crystal petals all over her body and her boyfriend's. The experience, according to them, was indescribable. The joy, peace, and inner healing they felt lasted many days. They scheduled to meet with me the next week to share their experiences.
The testimony of the boy was fascinating. He disclosed he was never a believer. He said he never understood how religion makes any sense. He had no way to connect with the meaning. "But I felt a deep peace and healing like never before during that encounter I had at Mass, and that is why I asked my girlfriend to come to see you. I want to be a Catholic, and I would love to marry this girl (referring to the girlfriend) in the Catholic Church. Would you promise me to marry us whenever we are ready?" Good news, I married them in 2014 at St. Brigid Church in the Diocese of Fresno, California.
Testimonies like this happen from time to time when people touch the Lord. Or, I would rather say, when the Lord touched them. We touch the tassel of Jesus' clothes, especially during the Eucharistic celebration.
Every day, the Lord Jesus is passing by us. He is passing through human instruments. He is visiting with us in a unique way through his word, and the Sacraments. The Lord is passing by in our neighborhood. He is inside those churches where is the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. God is present with us in the most profound way.
The Lord is with us in the congregation in worship during the Eucharistic celebration. The Lord is also uniquely present in the person of the minister of the Sacraments, every day, every time you see the sacrament celebrated. Indeed, Jesus' clothes today are the church and its members. We are his body. Through us, the Lord heals those who reach out in faith.
My prayer today is that you and your loved ones may touch the tassel of Jesus' clothes. May we all be God's instrument of freedom and healing. Be Jesus' clothes, to bring freedom to many. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Week 5 Monday: Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Mk 6:53-56]
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Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.