First Wednesday of Lent

First Wednesday of LENT
March 4, 2020

WORD of the DAY

While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.”
(Luke 11: 29-30)

How shall I live this Word?
We are tempted by the spectacular, by the miracle that upsets the laws of physics and reason, by the amazement at what goes against our knowledge. We want striking miracles, of those who turn stones into bread, those who change water into wine, those who resurrect the dead. And certainly Jesus can do it!
But we want these signs and we are not able to see and even less to appreciate the miracles of every day, the simple and spontaneous ones, those that occur in silence and humility: the sunrise every morning, the awakening of nature, the life that flourishes and surrounds us, human beings, awe at God.
This is why we need big, sensational, difficult to believe signs and Jesus, on the other hand, reminds us of the essential, the daily, the normal … because we must learn to look at life as a great daily miracle that the Lord gives us every day. And then we will also discover the other miracles!

Lord, increase my faith so that I can see all that You give me every day and know how to appreciate it as a gift of Your endless love for each of Your creatures.

The voice of Mother Anna Maria Cànopi Mystic

Perhaps someone will object: “Where are the miracles today?”. There are; there are miracles of bodily healing and even more of spiritual, but to see them one must have a pure look, the humility to reach out like the beggar at the temple door, with the confidence that the prayer of those who believe can heal the crippled feet of our disbelief and set us off on a journey with Jesus, towards the Father.”
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona, FMA

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