Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet.
Mark 7: 24-25
"This Cristo is not mine, it only stays with me," says Aida, arranging the offerings of flowers and photos around a sculpture of Jesus Christ. This statue, resting on the wall beside her sofa, appeared in her home years ago. Why and how it arrived is described by Aida, and others who speak of the statue, as a mystery. The mystery surrounding its appearance, and its tendency to glow, in both dark rooms and dark times in human experience, may have been the origin of its fame throughout Guadalajara, Mexico, but it is the miracles that have transpired as a result of offerings made in its presence, which have transformed the living room of this ninety-two-year-old devotee into a small pilgrimage site in its own right. Aida has an inexhaustible supply of miraculous accounts to relay concerning how the spirit vested in this statue has answered not only her prayers, but also the prayers of neighbours and strangers alike who have sought out its favours. This statue has thus drawn Aida into a complex of individual experiences of the divine. Apparent by the clarity and conviction with which she relays them, these experiences serve as an ever growing and nourished embodiment of her faith. Each person who enters through her door seeking divine intervention, who in turn offers up their own pain, suffering, passion, and wonder, becomes a part of Aida’s own story through significant events in which the Christ who has found a resting place in Aida’s home, and thus Aida herself, become participants.
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