Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “…At he judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here…”
Something Greater. Not too long ago, I went to the hospital to give a blessing to a wonderful couple who had suffered the loss of their newborn baby. Their tragic loss did not come as a surprise to them. During a routine exam, doctors noticed the child was motionless and that there was no heartbeat. Regardless of all the advanced warnings, when the child was delivered the couple was devastated by their sudden loss.
By the time I arrived at the hospital, the mother had the child in her arms. I shook hands with her husband and reached over and gave her a big hug. I opened up my prayer book and read from the book of Lamentations:
As I approached my car, I reflected on what I had seen and heard. I was astonished at something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Finally, it dawned on me what it was: Never had I seen so much peace and joy in such a painful situation. What was the tipping point? Their smiles – my smile – our smiles – as the pictures were being taken!
It was uplifting.
They knew their child was a saint in heaven.
O, what faith can do to the heart, soul and mind.
“There is something greater here…” Yes. Someone and something greater than we could ever have imagined, but that only faith could ever have revealed.