Dear Brothers and Sisters,
|Lord Increase our faith. The apostles prayed to Jesus. I think it should be our prayer today. Why should we pray to increase our faith? Listen to the first reading. Prophet Habakkuk asked God, How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! It is in this kind of situation that we need a strong faith. When Habakkuk prayed, he cried out, “Violence!” He described his situation as “ruin,” “misery,” “destruction,” “strife,” and “clamorous discord”. He begged God to intervene, but God didn’t seem to do anything. I think we live in times which fit Habakkuk’s description. We live in the most violent and murderous of times for several reasons. We don’t know where a bomb will blast and who will be attacked where and when. One major reason is the mass murders occurring through abortions. We tend to feel depressed and hopeless. However, the Lord calls this a “rash” response to the violence and evil in our society. Rather, our response should be one of faith. If we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can uproot the violence and death entrenched in our society. Therefore, despite violence and sin, don’t be pessimistic, but have even greater faith. Walk by faith, not sight. I remember a poem I read somewhere.|
“The road of life was bright
“But then the sky grew dark,
“I turned and cried ‘My Lord!
“The Lord replied, ‘My child!
How strong is your faith in God and how can you grow in it? Faith is a response of trust and belief in what is reliable, truthful, certain, and real. To have faith is to believe and trust in someone or something. We believe in the power of electricity even though we can’t visibly see it with the naked eye. We know we can tap into that power and use it to do things we could not do by our own human power. Faith in God works in a similar way. What did Jesus mean when he said to his disciples that our faith can move trees and mountains as well? What is the mountain and tree? They are the problems of our life. The term “mountain remover” was used for someone who could solve great problems and difficulties. Don’t we often encounter challenges and difficulties which seem beyond our power to handle? What appears impossible to human power is possible to those who believe in God’s power. That is why I said when you have problems in your life don’t say to God, “Oh God, I have Big Problem.” But say, “Hey problem, I have a Big God.” Faith is a gift freely given by God to help us know God personally, to understand his truth, and to live in the power of his love. Faith in God is the key for removing obstacles and difficulties. For our faith to be effective it must be linked with trust and with obedience – an active submission to God and a willingness to do whatever he commands. Do you trust in the grace and strength which God freely gives to help us resist temptation and to overcome obstacles in doing his will? Saint Augustine of Hippo writes, “God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.” Does the love of God compel you to give your best to him with generous love and gratitude for all that he has done for you?
Lord Jesus, fill me with your consuming love and set my heart free to love generously and to serve selflessly. Fill me with gratitude for all you have done for me and increase my faith and loyalty to you who are My All, My Strength, and My Life. Amen.
God Bless You,