Near the end of John’s Gospel, Jesus says to Thomas, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).
Sometimes one can get the impression (through our own dryness in prayer or even just the ordinary language we use in church-life) that most of us don’t see miracles. Even Christian culture sometimes subtly tells us that miracles mostly happened before the very eyes of early believers in the New Testament era–today they are harder to see, harder to find. I sometimes wonder if this mental outlook fuels the fascination with Medjugorje as real-live supernatural for some Catholics today.
Today’s Solemnity of All Saints shows us that supernatural miracles happen all the time in our modern era, right in front of our eyes. In the Letter to the Ephesians (2:13), we Christians are told:
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.
Talk about a miracle par-excellence. That through the blood of Christ someone as worldly, prone-to-pride, blemished, sinful, and imperfect [in a myriad of ways I prefer not to recount here publicly :-)] as I could be reconciled to God. Could be at peace with the God who is Love.
And this peace, this reconciliation with God comes with a supernatural, miraculous raise in my stature. The Letter to the Ephesians goes on to explain (vs 19):
So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God
Fellow citizens with the holy ones, fellow saints!
Through the blood of Jesus, invitation of the Holy Spirit, and grace-filled love of God the Father, I am a saint. I have experienced a supernatural miracle. Like Thomas, I have seen it and believe it.