Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Jesus said in reply,
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.” MT 17:14-20
Today, Jesus teaches the disciples that faith is equal to “Nothing will be impossible for you.” I am often filled with fear which keeps me from doing things that I think are too hard. Trust is a strong element in faith because it requires us to believe deep in our heart something that is true and which gives us answers to why we are here, where we are going, and how do we get there. We all want to be at peace, fulfilled, and know we are needed/loved. Faith is a theological virtue that is a complete gift from God, so the best way to increase it, is to ask God each day for more faith. Knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures increases faith. Prayer increases faith. Offering up suffering increases faith. Reading about other souls’ journeys increases faith. What do you have to lose if it will make everything possible for us through God’s transforming grace. I included some quotes by Pope Benedict XVI on faith. He had many general audiences on faith during the Year of Faith that would be good to read to increase our knowledge of faith which in turn increases faith in our hearts.
“The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22).” (#1)
“…We must not forget that in our cultural context, very many people, while not claiming to have the gift of faith, are nevertheless sincerely searching for the ultimate meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world. This search is an authentic “preamble” to the faith, because it guides people onto the path that leads to the mystery of God. Human reason, in fact, bears within itself a demand for “what is perennially valid and lasting”. (#10)
“During this time we will need to keep our gaze fixed upon Jesus Christ, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2): in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfillment. The joy of love, the answer to the drama of suffering and pain, the power of forgiveness in the face of an offence received and the victory of life over the emptiness of death: all this finds fulfillment in the mystery of his Incarnation, in his becoming man, in his sharing our human weakness so as to transform it by the power of his resurrection.” (#13)
Found at: https://tomperna.org/2015/04/12/10-quotes-from-pope-benedict-xvi-on-faith/
Today’s challenge: Seek a deeper meaning of faith and be open to God’s transforming grace that will make everything possible in your life.
Be a servant, become a saint!