THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
FAITH WORKS WONDERS
Today’s gospel: Matthew 13:54-58
Jesus is all-powerful God for whom nothing is impossible.
However, we see that in Nazareth, his native place, “he
did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack
of faith.” (Mt 13:58). It is not that Jesus could not
work the wonders, whether people had faith or not. It is just
that Jesus would want to base his doing wonders on the faith
faith works wonders. It is Jesus who causes the wonders to
be worked, but it is the faith of people that causes Jesus
to cause the wonders. Faith is the trigger by which we can
experience the mighty hand of God.
not only does Jesus work wonders, but he allows human beings
to work such wonders as well. Jesus works through human instruments
who are used to accomplish his will and purpose. But Jesus
does not look on human instruments as mindless automatons.
Rather, they need to know him who works, believe in his power
to work, and actually allow themselves to be used for his
work. They need to BE.LI.EV.E. They need to truly act in Jesus’
name. They need to have faith.
the people in Jesus’ native place lacked faith because
they saw Jesus as they wanted to see him, an ordinary person
who used to live with them and was not very extraordinary.
Even though “they were astonished” (Mt 13:54b)
at his “wisdom and mighty deeds” (Mt 13:54c),
“they took offense at him.” (Mt 13:57a). “Is
he not the carpenter’s son?” (Mt 13:55a). We know
his mother and his brothers (Mt 13:55b). His sisters are here
with us (Mt 13:56a). The people had met Jesus but did not
really know him.
Jesus’ intended instruments, we can make the same mistake
as the townspeople. Because we know ourselves, because we
have lived all our lives in “ordinariness” as
to spiritual works, because we have failed many times before,
we can devalue our worth in God’s purposes. Can God
truly use us? Can God truly use us to work wonders?
such doubts and lacking faith, we become inadequate instruments
for Jesus to work his wonders. We become obstacles to the
workings of faith.
We need to believe that he who BE.LI.EV.Es is the one who
will do even greater works than Jesus did, simply because
it is Jesus himself acting in and through us. When God starts
to work in us, we must not always be challenging Him all the
way--doubting, questioning, hesitating, resisting. We must
not hear the naysayers, including the devil, saying to us,
“Where did this man get all this?” (Mt 13:56b).
Where do we get the power to do what we do? It is from God.
It is by God.
is our faith that releases the power of God. Faith works wonders.