Tuesday of 15th Week of OT

Miracles

Woe to you, Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum! Why did Jesus express grief for these cities and not Tyre and Sidon cities? The cities of Tyre and Sidon were the cities of pagans denounced for their wickedness, but Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were the cities that had received many miracles from the Lord Jesus. However, these cities turned their back to the Lord with their knowledge and pride that the Lord Jesus felt regret to have done mighty deeds in their cities. Have mighty deeds or miracles still happened after the time of Jesus?

Louis XIII was born in France in 1601. He took the throne at a young age and crowned king after the assassination of his father, King Henry IV, at the age of nine. Two years later, he engaged to Anne of Austria. Later, she became his wife at the age of fourteen years old. Since both were at the young age, she had several miscarriages.

One day, his wife, Queen Anne wore a beautiful and precious diamond necklace at a reception. Saint Vincent de Paul was present at that reception. He came up and said to the Queen, “Queen Anne, if you want, you can perform a miracle.” The Queen looked at Saint Vincent with all surprise. The Saint continued, “Yes, our Lady. You can change the necklace on your neck become bread for the poor and the homeless.” A few hours later, this miracle happened. She gave that necklace to the Saint to sell and to buy bread for the poor and the homeless.

Miracles continue to happen in our present day as well. I was told, when I approached to pay for toll fee on Beltway 8 highway in Houston that someone ahead of me already paid for me. After lunch one day, when I did my CPE, Clinical Pastoral Education, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, TX, I was told that someone already paid for my lunch. “It was a miracle. You anointed me and now I’m free of cancer,” someone told me. There are many miracles or mighty deeds still happening in our lives. We’ve either received them from someone, or someone has received something from us. However, have we remembered to thank the Lord and to pray for those who have done mighty deeds for us? In fact, our parents have worked hard and done all they could in their ability to give birth to us, to raise us up, and to share with us what they had. Have we remembered to thank them by listening to them, obeying them, and not placing more burden on their shoulders? Or have we done any miracle for our parents? How would we make miracles for our parents?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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