Tag: belief

Unbelief: Homily for Monday, February 20, 2017

Unbelief. In the midst of everything that happens in today’s world, it can be difficult to believe. First, there are the things that have always been difficult for people of faith. Such things as an innocent child who gets sick and dies. Or an inexplicable car accident or other type of accident which takes someone’s life to early. Perhaps there are those instances where a relationship fails, and we seek answers. Maybe the difficulty is simply that we cannot seem to believe in what we cannot see, or experience, or touch. There can be many challenges to belief.
That is true even for people who do believe. Such is what we witnessed in today’s gospel. A man brings his son in faith for a cure. But the disciples are incapable. The disciples simply cannot bring about a cure for this man’s son. And the scene seems more than a little chaotic. Not only is there the inability of the disciples for a cure, we hear that there are scribes arguing with a large crowd and the disciples. One can only imagine the depth of this argument in confronting something that is evil.
For anyone who has been involved in pastoral ministry, in trying to console those who grieve, it becomes clear that there is nothing more difficult, or at least few things more difficult, the parent who has a sick child, or a child who dies. It is in this vein that Jesus reminds us in the gospel that faith makes anything possible. But here’s the interesting line: I do believe, help my unbelief! In the midst of a difficult life even for people of faith, there is the recognition of the need for a closer relationship to God. Let us pray that God strengthens our faith as well.

Family: Homily for Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Family. In some ways there is nothing so comforting and at the same time nothing so challenging as family. Our families love us. Our families care for us. But families can also bring conflict. Families can hurt. Families can be the source of misunderstanding. Certainly it is not difficult to see the challenges Jesus had in his family.

And there is an important message to us too. The primacy of his family is their faith in God. It is not simply because of a biological relationship. It is about faith. It is about trust. It is about what God does for us. We pray that we too might have such faith and trust.

Monday of the First Week of Advent: God wants all to be saved (November 28, 2016)

Ever feel left out of a group? Sometimes we sell ourselves short by thinking we are not good enough, talented enough, smart enough to belong. But with Jesus, everyone can belong and be saved.

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