There are two types of people that amaze Jesus. Those who have great faith in what they know about Him and those who lack faith even if they have seen Him in action.
He has performed several miracles all over places and yet people from Nazareth, His hometown, had doubts and questions about what He was teaching.
Instead of being amazed in how He turned out to be, they rejected Him simply because they thought that He did not have the proper credentials to be performing miracles and preaching the truth.
Today’s gospel provides a good lesson for those who focus on miracles. We would think that maybe, if Jesus displayed acts of healing, then perhaps it would have altered the people’s reception to His preaching. But it is not by miracles that Jesus wants us to believe. It is by hearing the word of truth.
Jesus wants faith that rises out of hearing what He says and the work of redemption that He has done.
The real blessing lies not in our hopes of a miracle sighting. Look for it in the springing of faith in your heart. A kind of amazing faith that turns a bitter disposition into love and turns a despairing heart into one filled with hope.
Jesus is the master carpenter. He is still fixing things. He is fixing broken hearts, broken homes and broken hopes. Jesus is the only person in any lifetime who claimed to be able to heal a broken heart. But for Jesus to fix what is broken in our life, we need to give Him all the broken pieces.
However, faith in faith is worthless. You know how you have heard someone say to you, “Just have faith, and it will be alright.”
Faith in what or who? Our faith is only as good as the object of our faith. When Jesus raised the dead girl, Jairus held his faith strong that Jesus could heal his daughter.
Every one of us has faith, and we express it everyday. The question is, do we have faith that something will get better in our life, or do we have faith in someone who can make our life better? A mustard seed of faith in the right object is better than a mountain of faith in the wrong thing.
Whenever we worry or fear because of what we face in life, do we have a feeble faith that makes us crawl and doubt God? Always remember that God is trustworthy. Rejoice that God will never reject us. We don’t have to crawl and cry; we can walk through life with full confidence that God will sustain us. That’s the kind of amazing faith God wants from us.
Brothers and sisters, let us amaze the Lord by responding more often to His gentle calls of grace.
Lord, we pray that we may recognize Your presence in the ordinary encounters of our day and notice the ways through which You desire to nourish us and give us life, because You are present in all things.