Last week we heard “O you of little faith” from the mouth of Jesus as he spoke to Peter who succumbed to his fear as he was walking on the water as Jesus had commanded. This week we hear Jesus speak the words: “O woman, great is your faith” to the woman who approached Jesus over and over again asking him to heal his daughter. The disciples wanted to dismiss her, but
Jesus sees in her persistence a person of great faith; she totally believes in who Jesus is and what he can do for her. Do you have faith like the woman in this story?
Do you believe totally, not only in what Jesus can do for you, but what he has already done?
When I think of the persistence of this woman who was blessed to have been in the physical presence of Our Lord, I wonder if we as disciples of this day and time realize that we too are in the presence of Jesus, each and every moment of our lives. Jesus promised before he
ascended into heaven that he would be with us always until the end of time. Do we call upon Jesus asking for his assistance? Are we persistent about what we need? And do we totally believe that Jesus will give us what we ask for? If so, than Jesus could say to us: “Great is your faith!” Now saying I believe and actually living that are two different things. Anyone can speak the words. So then what does it mean to really believe, and what might that look like? For each of us it will differ as our life story and life experience differs. However, as baptized Christians belonging to the family of God, we have much in common in regard to our faith in Jesus Christ. We all know His story. We all know of how Jesus sacrificed his life to save us from the effects of sin. And my prayer is that we all know how much we are loved!
As we live our Christian lives and profess our faith in Jesus Christ, let us together be ever mindful of the love that Jesus has for us who are not strangers to him like the woman in the Gospel, for we are people of God who understand and have come to know the friendship and the love of Jesus. Let us live our lives in such a way that others will see in us a lived faith in Jesus Christ. Let us live in such a way that others will desire to know Jesus the way they understand that we know him. In this, we can express our love for and faith in the one true Jesus Christ. Then we can only imagine how wonderful it will be to hear Jesus speak to us: “Great is your faith!”
With gratitude for the gift of faith,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC