When Being Amazed Is Not Enough

The “amazing” rock formations at Yehliu Geopark in Taiwan:  one may see so many images for as long one’s eyes and minds are open.  Photo by the author, 30 January 2019.
The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Wednesday, 06 February 2019, Week IV, Year I
Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15///Mark 6:1-6

            How amazing O Lord Jesus Christ is the word “amazed” used today in the gospel.

            When you came to your native synagogue at Nazareth, the people were amazed or “astonished” with your speech that immediately they doubted where you have learned so many things when you were just one of them, a son of Joseph the carpenter.

            As a result O Lord, you were “amazed at their lack of faith” in you that you did not perform many miracles among them.

            To be amazed is a feeling borne out of being surprised that could either lead one to see more or see less.  Being amazed is never enough.  Amazement leads to more wonder and curiosity, to deeper conviction and faith, to more love and appreciation.  But when amazement leads to doubts and skepticism even unbelief, then, we were not really amazed but simply surprised because we simply felt but did not see at all.

            Teach us Lord Jesus Christ today not to be contented with being surprised and amazed with you and other things.  Open our eyes and our hearts to see more of the bigger picture, more of the details of every scene that comes in our lives, be it good or not so good like those moments we have to go through many trials and difficulties that have disciplined and made us into better persons in you (Heb.12:5-7).  Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.


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