As I was saying (see previous post), many of the people we meet in the Christmas story (see Matthew chapters 1 & 2 and Luke 1 & 2) are expecting miracles and God keeps sending them. And maybe those two things are not unrelated
(ps: they are related).
On the other hand, others in the very same story don’t see the miracles, they miss them entirely.
Look for instance at the case of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1). The angel of the Lord appears to him just as he did to Mary. Same angel (“Gabriel”), same message (“you will be given a son and he will be great”). But unlike Mary’s faith filled response to the angel, Zechariah responds with doubt: “How can I be sure….” You can’t Zech, that’s the point of being part of a miracle, you can’t be sure, you’ve got to approach miracles in faith.
Or take the strange saga of King Herod. He doesn’t just doubt, Matthew tells us he was “disturbed” (Matthew 2.3) at the talk of miracles. In the cycle of miracles that are unfolding around him, he actually becomes “furious” (Matthew 2.16). Ironically, Herod was called Herod the “Great.” He was great at not getting it.
Zechariah and Herod did not expect miracles. So they don’t see them. They expect nothing, so they see nothing.
Are you expecting to see a miracle this Christmas? What is it? This weekend we are giving away “miracle” cards, inviting everyone to tell us what they’re expecting. What miracle are you expecting? At home, at work, in your work? Maybe it’s about kicking a bad habit or a terrible disease. Maybe the miracle you’re thinking of has to do with reconciliation in your marriage or healing in your heart. Maybe it’s a financial miracle, your finances need healing.
We are at the beginning of December and the beginning of Advent. Decide now the miracle you’re looking for this Christmas.