Today at Mass we were reminded of how powerful God is. How he knows all the hairs on our head. How he hears all of our prayers all of the time. How he transcends time and space and is with each and every one of us every moment of every day. He is so very powerful. It was the perfect message this morning, not just for me, but for my son, my 13 year old, who I have been praying for unceasingly and today I was shown that God was not only hearing my prayers, but He was answering them in a way I never would have expected.
For a reason that no one could figure out, my son has been having a hard time, physically, during our weekly school Masses. He feels faint, sick, weak. It has been going on for quite some time and has been a source of embarrassment for him. It has made him not want to go to Mass. We’ve taken him to doctors, even specialists and no one can tell us why this happens. This morning, before we left for school, for the first time ever, my son asked me to pray that he does well in Mass today. I was hit instantaneously at how amazing that moment was. My son has never asked me to pray for anything. In that instant, God showed me that in this weakness that has befallen my son, He has brought him to a place where he is now learning to seek God’s help. Not only that, but God must also be teaching my son that with prayer, God can do anything. Because for my son to ask for my prayer, he must be learning that prayer is a powerful tool, a powerful weapon.
For this to happen, was powerful to me. But, what’s even more amazing, is that this was not the only moment that God showed his grace. You see, just yesterday, during adoration, I was reading a book and the section I happened to be reading was about surrender. I underlined this section, because it spoke to me in things that I myself have been dealing with: “When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we release the Lord of the Process to do this work. For it is in our weakness that Christ is strong. It is in our inadequacy that we find him more than sufficient. And it is in our willingness to be broken that he brings wholeness–more wholeness and completeness than we ever dreamed possible.” Joanna Weaver, 2013.
I couldn’t help but recall that section this morning, when my son asked me to pray for him. God showed me that even if my son continues to not feel well physically in Mass, He is pouring out His grace on him in his weakness, He is fixing his spirit. And so, before I went to Mass this morning, I asked God to show my son just how powerful prayer is. Just how powerful He is. And then, the priest gave his homily.
And it was all about the power of God.