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Believing in ‘magic’

 

While watching a TV program with my children, I was given pause for thought.

“Everyone wants magical solutions to their problems,” the character said. “Yet everyone refuses to believe in magic!”

And I thought, “That’s how many people relate to God.”

Often, we don’t want to do the everyday work of believing. We want to live our lives, doing what we want to, behaving as we wish.

But in our moments of crisis, what is our plea?

“God, help me!”

We are called to believe that you, Lord, created us, that you love us and want the best for us. We are called to keep your commandments and believe in Jesus, your Son, sent to save us all.

We are called to believe in the triune God -- Father, Son, and Spirit -- as the author of miracles, even to restoring life.

Do we want “magical” -- miraculous -- solutions to our problems? If we want the “magic” of miracles, we have first to believe in the author of miracles!

As the father of the young man afflicted by a spirit of dumbness witnesses in St. Mark’s gospel, may we also say, “I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief” (Mark 9:23).

Practice believing with St. Ann Catholic Church. Masses are at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.stannslv.org. Homilies from the weekend Masses are available as full HD audio/video on the parish website. Click on “News” on the home page and scroll down.

 
 
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