Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Signs (Mk. 16:16-20)

It is true and we do believe in freedom of religion (cf. Jn. 6:64-71).  The attitude of Jesus did not force others to follow or believe in Him but they did so on their own accord.  At the same time Jesus implied that we have to seek and search for what is true and right.  “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him…If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Mt. 7:7-11).

The signs and miracles narrated in the Catholic Church history or the lives of the Catholic Saints are all highly documented or recorded for those interested, especially the unbelieving.  You just follow the principle that Jesus states above in Mt. 7:7: “everyone who seeks always finds,” that is, if you sincerely seek for the truth, since God’s word can’t tell a lie.

Of course, part of the signs of the times is the steady number of Catholics inspite of negative hostilities both from inside or outside.  “These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.  And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mk. 16:17-20).

Think about it.  Look for the signs!  After all, it is everyone’s right and privilege to seek for what is true, good and right.  Knowing how temporary and fleeting this life is, we desire to reach the kingdom of heavenly bliss where God waits for His faithful servants (cf. 1 Cor. 2:9).  “The things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9; Is. 64:3; Jer. 3:16).  So, think about it.  Look for the signs!

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