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Something Greater Is Here

One of my favorite places in the world is the Adoration Chapel at my parish church. It is a simple, bare chapel of wood with many large windows and light streaming. The chapel is in the round, with the Eucharistic altar in the center, the heart of our church from which life flows. The monstrance, which holds the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus is on an altar created to image the ark of the covenant from the Old Testament. The altar on which the monstrance rests is built from limestone slabs rejected from the façade of the Empire State building. “The stone which has been rejected, has become the corner stone . . . .”

I am a broken stone, and I come to this place for the slow gluing back together of soul and sinew, this remembering what it means to be whole, and to be wholly God’s. In today’s Gospel, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for demanding a sign. They have the knowledge of all the prophets, Scripture, and the law. They have the witness of Jonah and Solomon and all those who came before, neon arrows pointing to the man standing before them. Yet they, hardhearted and blind demand a sign, as though they were entitled to anything.

No, a sign will not be given them. When you are in the presence of Jesus, signs are no longer needed. You have arrived. Christ is the destination; He is that which all signs lead to. They are in His presence and yet have not arrived. Eyes that cannot see that something greater than even the prophets stands before them, they are men who know everything but are aware of nothing. Sleepwalking through life. How often am I like them? Then I come into this space which all signs lead me toward, and awakening fills me: Something greater is here.

Today, may you see the signs pointing you toward Jesus, the something greater who is, at last, the destination our souls seek.

Sarah Babbs is a writer and mother of three, including twin toddlers. She writes about faith, social teaching, and navigating life as a motherless daughter and mother. You can find out more about her here.

10 Comments

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    Abigail M
    July 24, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Not sure if it is just me, but these devotions and analysis/comments at the end seem to be mixed around! I have stopped being able to view the daily readings on any past devotions (only the most latest day) and sometimes the readings were the same as the previous but with a different end comment! Hopefully this is an easy fix 🙂 Just wanted to give ya’ll a heads up!

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      jenna Guizar
      July 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Abigail! I am confused by what looks mixed around to you? I would love to fix it if possible!

      In regards to the readings not being there on previous days, we have to get rid of them every day due to copyright.

      You can email me if you’d like at [email protected] 🙂

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    Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Same thing is happening when I try to read the readings. They don’t appear when I hit the link. It just goes to the reflection

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    Kate Jarvis
    July 25, 2017 at 2:14 am

    hiya x thank you for all you do. perhaps the lady above meant that you used to our the scripture references…..all 3 readings? xx i miss that.

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    E lizabeth
    July 26, 2017 at 12:28 am

    No, I experiencing the same. I am not directed to the readings but only the daily devotion.
    I also used to be able to click on the link and be able to read the daily readings..
    Perhaps there has been a break in the link.

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    Bernie
    July 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Copyright on God’s Word… It just sounds so wrong.

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      Cassi
      July 30, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Agreed. It is sad that this has become such a hassle for such a beautiful ministry.

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