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Faith is a gracious gift

Thứ tư - 05/10/2016 08:35
Faith is a gracious gift God gives us for overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of doing His will.

FAITH IS A GRACIOUS GIFT
 
Faith is a gracious gift God gives us for overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of doing His will.  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
Saint Gregory the Great wrote these words in a reflection, Growth from a Tiny Seed, that is fitting for today's gospel. A root is produced from the seed, a shoot from the root, fruit from the shoot, and a seed is produced in the fruit. Let us say, then, that the seed lies hidden within the seed. Why then is it therefore wonderful if he who daily restores from a small seed the wood, fruit and leaves in the great mass of a tree, produces bones, nerves, flesh and hair from dust?
 
Pope Benedict XVI, (Emeritus) tells us that "faith is a liberation of my I from its preoccupation with self... a breaking out of the isolation that is the malady of my I." Faith increases when we are willing to bear our "share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God." A vision of faith presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint us." Faith of this intensity, even if only as small as a mustard seed, makes miracles happen.
 
Jesus Christ spoke of faith as something dynamic, active, and very alive. Faith is a gracious gift God gives us for overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of doing God's will. It enables us to cooperate with God's grace and loving power for accomplishing whatever God wants us to do. To illustrate the powerful force of faith, Jesus used the image of an uprooted tree. Have you ever seen a sudden wind storm uprooted a tree? On another occasion Jesus illustrated the force of faith using the incredible image of a mountain transplanted. "For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; nothing will be impossible to you" (Matt 17:20).
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Don't we often encounter challenges and difficulties that are hard to handle in our lives? What appears impossible to us as humans is possible to those of us that believe in God's ways.
 
Faith is a gift freely given by God. As we read from the psalmist today, You are the Rock of our Salvation!

 
 
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