Many people have rediscovered their faith in God through Medjugorje. It was Our Lady who announced early in the apparitions when questioned why She is appearing:
January 21, 1982
Faith is a gift from God. Not everyone arrives at faith in the same way. Thomas was one of the 12 apostles. He had walked with Jesus, saw the great miracles of the blind being made to see, the cripple walk, the dead being brought to life, the few pieces of bread and fish feeding multitudes and yet he could not bring himself to have faith in Jesus’ resurrection. He stubbornly insisted that he would have faith only if he were able to touch the wounds of Jesus. Jesus did not denounce Thomas’ lack of faith. But rather he stooped down to his humanness and gave him what he asked for.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may [come to] believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
Neither did Our Lady, in Medjugorje, disdain the request for signs from the visionaries, or from the modern-day Thomases’ who found their way to Medjugorje. She confirmed the words of Jesus when She said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed,” but as it was God’s desire to awaken the faith, because it had begun to extinguish itself in the world, Our Lady would be remarkably open to a variety of means to “awaken the faith.” By Our Lady saying, “If necessary, I will appear in each home,” She revealed that She too would stoop down to our humanness and give us what we asked for in order for faith to be awakened in our hearts. Did we ask for signs? Then we would be given signs. But as God always goes beyond what is asked of Him, so too were we given signs beyond measure. Click Here for Signs and Miracles
What was the purpose of the signs? That the people would be led back to faith in God. Jesus said to Thomas, you came to believe because you have seen me. As an apostle, Thomas went on and died as a martyr for his faith, just as the other apostles. He received the reward for his faith by being granted eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. He came by faith differently than those who believed without seeing, but once he received the gift of faith, it propelled him towards giving his whole life to Jesus Christ. Therefore, the most important thing is that we receive the gift of faith. Less important is how we achieve that faith, and Our Lady is gracious enough to bend down to Her doubting Thomases’ to coax them along until they too believe through seeing things that cannot be explained except through faith. The greater our faith, the greater our witness will be in the world that is growing more and more pagan each day. Our Lady did not give signs just for the nonbelievers, but often the signs were given to those who already believed, for the purpose of strengthening their faith. She even did this for Her visionaries, who could see, hear, touch and speak to Our Lady in the apparitions each day. But they, too, were amazed at the signs.
August 6, 1982
That night, after the apparition, two luminary signs in the form of rays of light were displayed on the Cross at Krizevac and on the Church. Ivan and a group of young people had been praying on Apparition Mountain. Before the sign appeared, Our Lady said:
Ivan was told, “Now I am going to give you a sign in order to strengthen your faith!” Does he not see Our Lady? Does he not speak to Her? Why would he need his faith strengthened along with the prayer group? All the Apostles, after seeing incredible miracles that Jesus performed, were amazed when Jesus cursed the fig tree and it withered. It strengthened their faith more! It was Our Lady’s desire to bestow faith upon unbelievers and increase the faith of believers. The signs were very important in the beginning days. Whenever God begins a new work, it is then that the greatest signs will be seen in order to encourage people to believe. Once faith takes hold and begins to increase, the physical manifestations begin to slowly diminish, as the faithful no longer need the signs to believe.
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