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May 21st
CHRIST IS PASSING BY Going to Jesus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Reyes   
Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:18
CHRIST IS PASSING BY Going to Jesus whenever we are in need. God passes alongside the lives of men giving his light and joy. In today's First Reading1 the Lord rejoices at the salvation of the remnant of Israel on their return from exile to the Promised Land: See, I will bring them back from the land of the North and gather them from the far ends of earth... the blind and the lame... a great company returning here. After so much suffering, the Prophet announces the blessings of the Lord upon his People. They had left in tears, I will comfort them as I lead them back; I will guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble. Jesus fulfils all of these prophecies. He went about the world doing good, 2 even for those who did not ask his help. Christ is the revelation of the fullness of divine mercy to the most needy. No form of misery could separate men from Christ. He gave sight to the blind. He cured leprosy. He healed the lame and paralytics. He fed hungry multitudes. He expelled demons ... He approached people who had the greatest suffering in soul or body. We are the ones who have to go to Jesus. Our eyes have been blind ...We have lain paralyzed on our mats, incapable of reaching the grandeur of God. This is why our most lovable Savior and Healer of souls has descended from on high.3 We must have complete faith in the one, who saves us, on this divine Doctor who was sent with the express purpose of curing us, and the more serious or hopeless our illness is ' the stronger our faith has to be.4 There will be times in our lives when we experience more hardship than usual. We will have moments of greater temptation. We will grow weary of the struggle. We will have periods of interior darkness and trial. These are moments when we must turn to Jesus, who is always by our side. We must have a humble and sincere faith like the sick and the suffering people of the Gospels. Then we will cry out to the Master: 'Lord, put not your trust in me. But I, I put my trust in you'. Then, as we sense in our hearts the love, the compassion, the tenderness of Christ's gaze upon us, for he never abandons us4, we shall come to understand the full meaning of those words of St Paul: 'virtus in infirmitate perficitur'. If we have faith in Our Lord, in spite of our failings -or, rather, with our failings - we shall be faithful to our other, God; his divine power will shine forth in us, sustaining us in our weakness.5 What a great comfort it is for us to know that Christ is near us! 1. Jer 31:7-9 2. cf Acts 10:38 3. St Bernard, Homily on the First Sunday of Advent, 78 4. J. Escriva, Friends of God, 193 5. ibid, 194 With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at ( To subscribe or unsubscribe, please email The DEFENSORES FIDEI FOUNDATION actively spreads Ecclesial Information, Catechetical Instructions and Apologetics in pursuit of making good Catholics better Catholics. Any contribution to help this apostolate is heaven-sent and now TAX-DEDUCTIBLE (in USA). Please visit us at

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