Grace to you!
Before I share today’s reflection, may you please join me in prayers for a private intention. It has to do with a friend and a brother priest who is passing through a terrible experience right now. I would prefer not to mention the name. I trust your prayers will go a long way for him, his family and the great number of people he inspires.
In today’s reflection, I share how a personal experience of the Lord’s healing grace strengthens the power of bearing witness to the faith. I use it as a source of inspiration to you in your daily commitments as a believer in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Over the years, I’ve known many people who have encountered the Lord in a personal way. I’ve met and interacted with people to whom the Lord has shown the favor of a miracle. It could be a healing miracle. A miracle of providence. A miracle of conversion. Name it.
In my life and ministry too, I’ve seen the Lord Jesus Christ do wonders. He heals the sick. He dispels the darkness of evil. He upturns the satanic strongholds. He heals and renews broken relationships. He strengthens the weary. The Lord goes on doing incredible things. To whom the Lord has touched in personal ways, there is the joy and boldness of singing the hallelujah of his greatness.
One notices that to whom the Lord has touched deeply and personally, their faith is stronger. They get more passionate. They aren’t apologetic for believing in the Savior Jesus Christ. They aren’t shy of their faith either. Good, bad and ugly experiences do not make them waver. They’ve seen. They’ve witnessed the good things. They’ve sipped the Water of Life. Their testimony is strong, profoundly personal as well. They know in good times and in bad times, the Lord of hosts is their strength and their refuge.
Yes, miracles are signs. Yet they are needed signs when faith is growing cold. They are needed signs when one is passing through a dark night experience capable of tearing one’s heart apart. In such moments, we look up to the Lord, from whom comes our help (Ps 124:8).
Be assured of this: The Lord hears. The Lord does the miracle. The Lord intervenes. Those divine interventions strengthen the power of bearing witness to the faith.
When one witnesses the Lord’s miracle, one is bold enough to tell it forth. We learn from basic catechesis that one has to witness the transforming grace of the Lord in order to be a witness of it to others.
The beautiful and bold testimony of Saint Peter as recorded in Acts 4:1-12 is a proof. The Lord has used him to heal the cripple at the Beautiful gate (see Acts 3). The once timid Peter wasn’t afraid anymore to tell forth what he had seen. He has seen the healing power of God in a personal way. He can’t but declare what he had seen. Not doing so would’ve been doing harm to one’s core and moral sense.
Peter declares, without mincing words, it is “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10-12).
Praying for the grace of boldness of faith in declaring Jesus as Lord and Savior. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Easter Octave: Acts 4:1-12; Jn 21:1-14]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.