A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
December 14, 2019
Notes from Linda Arnold
September 30, 2016
In today’s gospel Jesus’ disciples ask for increased faith. Many of us could repeat Jesus’ response—”If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you could tell the tree to move into the sea and it would”. (A mustard seed is pretty small!) And all of us could think of times we also felt the need for more faith! So what is that faith for which we are asking? When I tell my children or grandchildren I have faith in them I mean that I have complete trust and confidence in them making good decisions or being able to accomplish something. According to Webster, this also indicates a “strong feeling of support and allegiance”. So faith has something to do with loyalty and commitment to stand with others.
During his life time Jesus was making some pretty radical changes in the attitudes of his followers and challenging the attitudes and actions of others. Having faith wasn't always easy—complete trust . . . allegiance. It was good to hear that even a small amount of faith is sufficient to make a difference in the world. It must have been very confusing and required a lot of trust to stand with Jesus in those tough times. I’m sure every one of us can name a life challenge that has taken all the faith we can muster to stand firm. Isn’t it good to know that God provides us with what we need—not because we have earned it—but out of love and faith in us! God stands with us and asks us for loyalty and trust. This week we celebrate the feast of a faith-filled man— St. Francis of Assisi. Francis gave up his riches and his family to serve God. He befriended the poor, honored God’s creation, and continues to help us all see that we are surrounded by God who has faith in us!