Increase Our Faith

PARADOX
August 7, 2020
TO BE CHRIST
August 8, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Increase Our Faith
 
There is power in developing a huge faith in God. With great faith in God, we can expect many wonderful things to happen in our lives. The bible tells us countless stories of miracles and victories of men and women of great faith. In our gospel today, we hear Jesus telling us that nothing is impossible in God (Matthew 17:20). Such affirmation of the power of faith allows us to remember Mary’s full trust and leap of faith when she said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done according to your will (Luke 1:38).” Such total trust to the Lord came to Mary when the Angel assured her, “For nothing would be impossible with God (Luke 1:37).”
 
In our gospel today, a man came to Jesus and begged for the healing of his son possessed by the evil spirit. He complained that the disciples failed to heal his son. Much to the surprised of everyone, Jesus blurted out his frustrations, especially to His disciples: “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? (Matthew 17:17).” Wow! I feel Jesus talking to me too!
 
Jesus would always show great patience, gentleness, and kindness to people. But when faith was the main subject, he showed disgust and frustration for someone’s lack of faith. Recall how Jesus showed his frustration to Peter: “Where is your faith? (Luke 8:25). Remember too his great admiration for people of great faith? See the story of the paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8) and the healing of the bleeding woman (Mark 5:25-34).
 
Jesus gave great value to faith. FAITH BRINGS BIG BANG! Faith could move mountains and make miracles. Unfortunately, DEVELOPING OUR FAITH IS NOT IN OUR PRIORITY LIST. We forgot that great faith is the main ingredient of a miracle. Faith brings us closer to the heart of Jesus. Faith allows us to see things that we cannot see. Faith gives us the courage to jump into the unknown. It allows us to be joyful and trustful that all will turn out well. It allows us to overcome our fear and walk with confidence through the abys of darkness. It gives us the energy to leave our comfort zones and make a difference in the life of others.
 
When the Lord asked us to have faith as big as the mustard seed, we realized the littleness of our faith. We realized one thing: So much to be done! So many things to catch up. The disciples’ lack of faith was the main culprit for their failure to heal the boy (Matthew 17:20).
 
The lesson of the gospel today is simple: DEVELOP YOUR FAITH NOW! Not tomorrow, but now! Like Peter, we beg God to increase our faith (Luke 17:5). Consider the following to increase our faith:
 
1. Read the Word of God regularly.
2. Be faithful to your prayer life.
3. Regularly do some little acts of trusting God.
4. Stop asking for reasons or understanding. Just do it.
5. Don’t entertain doubts. It’s a temptation.
6. Be joyful with the Lord. It’s a sign of faith.
7. Learn to live with life’s mysteries.
8. Remember, we cannot understand everything.
9. When in doubt, pray harder.
10. When facing storms, focus your eyes on Jesus.
11. Be persistent in your prayer.
12. Act in what you. believe. Faith is dead without action.
 
Faith allows us to see things from God’s perspective. Aside from having a righteous heart, it’s faith that attracts God to listen to our prayer.
 
“If one has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.” – Pope Francis
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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August 8, 2020 – Saturday
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17

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