In August we are reflecting on the virtue of FAITH. St. Paul says in the Scriptures that FAITH is the evidence of things hoped for and the certainty of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1). We toss around the phrase “have faith” a lot, but have we really taken a moment to consider what it means to have FAITH? Perhaps a spouse has lost a job, and financially times are tough at home. Having FAITH in this particular situation is truly believing that the LORD will provide what your family needs, whether that be physical needs or a new job or both. FAITH is not, “Well, maybe God will provide.” No, FAITH is, “Yes! God will provide for sure in his own time!” FAITH is expecting God to act, not wondering if he ever will. In other words, FAITH is not “if” but “when.” Do we have FAITH in the Lord’s love for us? Do we have FAITH that the Lord can be trusted? Do we have FAITH that he will give his children good things and provide for what we need?
Not having FAITH leads to worry. A great example of this is the story of Jesus walking on the water and asking Peter to come out of the boat to him. Peter trusted (had FAITH) at first, but when he saw the waves, he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink. Jesus reached out and saved him and said, “Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).
Lord, grant that we may have the FAITH of a mustard seed. Help us believe in you especially when life is difficult and presents us challenges. You promise us that mountains will be moved, if we only have a little FAITH.
Peace and blessings to you and your families!
Coordinator of Religious Education