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Written by Bobby Reyes   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 09:05
INCREASE OUR FAITH The need for faith. Asking for it. The deaf, that day, will hear the words of a book and, after shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. But the lowly will rejoice in the Lord even more, and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel! (First reading of the Mass Is 29:17-24). The new era of the Messiah is proclaimed by the prophets to be full of joy and of marvels. The Redeemer will ask only one thing of us: faith. Without this virtue the kingdom of God will not come among us. The Gospel of today’s Mass tells of two blind men who follow after Christ shouting for him to cure them. Son of David, take pity on us, they say. Our Lord asks them: Do you believe I can do this? (Matt 9:27-31). When they reply ‘Yes, Lord’, he sends them away cured with the words: According to your faith, be it done to you (Matt 9:28-29). In the same way he restores the sight of another man in Jericho: Go your way; your faith has made you whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way (Mark 10:52). He assures the father whose daughter has died: Do not fear; only believe and she shall be well (Luke 8:50). A few moments earlier he has cured a woman who has suffered for twelve years from an internal haemorrhage. Coming up behind him, she has touched the fringe of his cloak. Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace (Luke 8:48). To the Canaanite he will say: Woman, great is thy faith. And later: be it done to you as you desire (Matt 15:28). For those who believe there are no obstacles. All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23), he says to the father of the boy possessed by a dumb spirit. The apostles open their hearts and minds to Our Lord in all simplicity. They know their faith is often not great enough to take in the things they see and hear. So one day they ask Jesus: Increase our faith! And Our Lord replies: If you had faith as small as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, be rooted up, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you (Luke 17:9-10). If we live with our eyes fixed on God we need fear nothing: Faith, if it is strong, protects the whole house (St Ambrose, Commentary on the Psalms, 18,12,13). It protects our whole life. With faith we can achieve results far in excess of our own scanty powers; literally nothing will be impossible. Christ lays down one condition: we must live by faith; then we will be able to move mountains. And so many things need moving ... in the world, but, first of all in our own hearts (J. Escrivá, Friends of God, 203). Let us imitate the apostles and humbly but manfully ask Our Lord to have pity on us, for we know how weak and cowardly we are. Lord, increase our faith, we say to him in our prayer. Holy Mary, ask your Son to increase our faith, so often weak and feeble! With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore.com (info@totusbookstore.com) To subscribe or unsubscribe, please email info@defensoresfidei.com. The DEFENSORES FIDEI FOUNDATION actively spreads Ecclesial Information, Catechetical Instructions and Apologetics in pursuit of making good Catholics better Catholics. Any contribution to help this apostolate is heaven-sent and now TAX-DEDUCTIBLE (in USA). Please visit us at www.defensoresfidei.com.
 

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