A man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, «Sir, have pity on my son who is an epileptic and is in a wretched state. He has often fallen into the fire and at other times into the water. I brought him to your disciples but they could not heal him». Jesus replied, «You, faithless and evil people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me». And Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the boy, and the boy was immediately healed.
The disciples then gathered around Jesus and asked him privately, «Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?». Jesus said to them, «Because you have little faith. I say to you: if only you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move from here to there, and the mountain would obey. Nothing would be impossible to you».
Is our faith so strong that we dare to say to the mountain 'get from here to there'? We must recognise that our faith is very often a convenience rather than a conviction. Since we have not built a personal relationship with Christ, our knowledge of the truth, as He died and rose again, suits us to celebrate the services the church offers, without understanding the meaning and the implication of the cult (liturgy) offered to God and to identify with so many people who call themselves believers. This is why, when faced with a personal failure in life, with illness or with a personal or relational breakdown, we get upset and refuse the faith that we have received from the Lord.
The faith we have, even if it is a gift from God, if we do not welcome it, as it should be, if we do not use it at the difficult moment of life, as a grace received freely, the grace received through this faith will be considered, like that servant who hid the talent that his Master gave him.
Whatever it is, everything changes in love, love for the Lord, which is best expressed in love for our neighbours. If this love itself becomes a golden rule in our daily lives, we will be able to accept even our enemies as our collaborators, and be able to work with them easily, for a good cause. In these actions, of our humanity, the gestures that are purely human, will be transformed as divine acts. These are the real mountains before us, which will be moved and as the Lord tells us, nothing will be impossible for us.
Action of the day: Just believe in God.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
Faith as a grain of mustard seed,
by Origen of Alexandria