Today is the Feast Day of St. John Vianney, a remarkable priest and confessor who was imbued with the Holy Spirit and brought great hope and vision to the people of his small parish in the south of France in the mid-19th Century. He once wrote that we must courageously accept our crosses because if we do, “it will carry you to Heaven.” This is perfect for our devotions this brand new month of August to consider the desire and thirst for Eternal Life in Heaven. Our First Reading also points us in that stunning direction: “The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”
“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?'” This profound and crucial question that Jesus places upon St. Peter clearly shows us that miracles can happen; we must be aware of their Source and the accompanying bright promise of immortality. In other words, how we view the person of Jesus in our lives determines how we look upon eternity, shaping how we see the present moment. Today, let us pray for the joy that comes from knowing and believing that Heaven is for real and waiting for us who believe in what Jesus has done and keeps doing for us.
“We are each of us like a small mirror in which God searches for His reflection.” St. John Vianney