How's your faith?

10-13-2019Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

How's your faith? Strong, weak, or in-between? For many of us, it can waver. Bishop Robert Baron recently provided an interesting reflection on Luke's account of Jesus' amazement at the Roman centurion's faith. "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." (Luke 7: 1–10) Bishop Baron writes, "Faith is an attitude of trust in the presence of God. Faith is an openness to what God will reveal, do, and invite. It should be obvious that, in dealing with the infinite, all -powerful person who is God, we are never in control. One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You're not in control. This is not your project. Rather, you are part of God's great design. To believe this in your bones and act accordingly is to have faith. When we operate out of this transformed vision, amazing things happen, for we have surrendered to 'a power already at work in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.' (Ephesians 3:20) Even a tiny bit of faith makes an extraordinary difference." (Word on Fire - Daily Gospel Reflection 9/16/19)

Do you live your life with the awareness that you are part of God's great design? … that your life is not about you? Have you surrendered to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as you live your life responding to the call of Jesus having reflected upon His words and example found in the Scriptures? Have you taken on His mind and His heart in all of what you think and say and do? How does your participation in the Eucharist and in Confession assist you in growing in this kind of faith? Do you want to increase your faith in this way so that it can make an extraordinary difference in your life? LET GO OF THE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. It's not easy; pray for that grace. If you do, you will never be the same, and you won't want to go back to the way things were.

God bless you!
Fr. Bob