By Sem. John Paul Toting
Do we need to see in order to believe or we believe so we can see? How many times did we demand for visible signs for us to believe? How many times did we doubted the workings of God in our life?
As a professional who worked in the field of medical science as a college instructor and researcher, I matured in an environment where proofs are demanded before you begin to believe a theory or to acknowledge the validity of the claim. I was taught that I should believe unless otherwise there is an objective result from the experiment or at least a published primary literature stating such.
On the other hand, God does not always manifest Himself in the ‘visibles’ and the ‘tangibles’. Like the wind, we do not need to see it for us to know that it is blowing towards us – for it is enough for us to feel it and breathe it in. In this context, may we not just demand to God for visible signs or manifestations, but let us try to look beyond what the eyes can see and try to feel the warm embrace of God through the many blessings that He bestows upon us day by day.
As I reflect further, I ask myself: “Aren’t the daily blessings bestowed upon me enough to appreciate the goodness and generosity of the Lord?” On this note, I remember my mom telling me that I should always be thankful for everything, whether big or small, because it is the Lord who extends His generous arm to me.
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Mt 4:12-17; 23-25
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness
have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.
From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.
His fame spread to all of Syria,
and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases
and racked with pain,
those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics,
and he cured them.
And great crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea,
and from beyond the Jordan followed him.