"There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written." (John 21:25)
The unknown graces of God become more evident to us through faithful obedience and trust in God's will. At the close of today's Gospel reading we are offered an opportunity to infer the immensity of "many other things that Jesus did". Through a faithful lens we are left with awe and amazement at thinking that the Scriptural accounts of Jesus' life still only graze the surface of what He did.
Perhaps naturally we can then think of what Jesus is still doing presently, in the souls of many throughout the world. Can we imagine if the world were flooded with the individual testimonies and unknown graces of God? Surely no book could ever contain the entirety of works.
For this reason it is apparent to us that what Jesus did and those things we come to learn throughout the Gospel stories are not far removed from our present day or some isolated historic event. They are ever present to us in faith. It is nearer to us than we may think or perceive but hardness of heart often keeps us at a distance from knowing the "God who is , who was, and is to come at the end of the ages."
So many seek purpose for their lives, so many are without sense of what it is they are called to do while here on earth and to Whom they most belong. Some of these questions, void of God lead one to despair. It is tragic.
We as the faithful are testament to "the many other things that Jesus" is still doing, to all that He has done. We are not to run out and attempt to site in numerous books all that the Lord has done for us perhaps, but we continue the sharing of this unknown grace by the testimony of our very lives. By the simplicity of our actions, and by the hiddenness of our prayer.
As the Church now celebrates the Confirmation of thousands of youth we are offered a visible sign of what Jesus is still doing. To dismiss this as solely a thing of passage or some necessary ritual of sorts is to miss Christ among us completely. The Sacraments in a special way shine forth to us Christ active among us. We can experience panic and even sadness at the seeming decline of vocations, but we are never without God's providence. How much then should we rejoice at the witness of one holy obedient man laying down his life in service to God through the priesthood? If we trust God and if we believe in all that Jesus did and promised us then we must too be joyfully expectant for His provisions.
Each of us are a visible sign of what Christ is still doing.Though, Imperfect we may be. St. Teresa of Avila reminds us “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours,Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ's compassion to the world Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”
May we strive always to shine forth the beauty of Christ in all that we do, and continue to reveal the beauty of the divine story.(CC)