The first reading for Mass today is from Romans 4. St. Paul speaks about the strong faith that Abraham had, a faith that was so sure and steady that God looked upon him as righteous. Here is how St. Paul said it:
Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.(Rom 4: 20-22)
Abraham believed God. He believed Him so much that he left his homeland and became a wanderer. He uprooted himself and his family, and followed the promptings of God as he traveled from place to place. He could not even see the end of his journey, the promised land. Yet he never turned back. He believed in God and all God had told him.
Even when God asked him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, he did not falter. He trusted God and was willing to go against all he felt. His faith in God was strong.
And so the Lord was able to build a people for himself on Abraham's faith. He was able to begin His plan for the salvation of mankind, through one man's faith.
Our Lady has come to us in these days because we are in a time that needs strong faith. This is a time of great upheaval. Faith is being threatened everywhere. Hope is being dashed. And love is disappearing from the hearts of men. But she has come to ignite our faith again. Just last month she told us:
"Dear children! Also today I am praying to the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts with a strong faith. Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God. Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbor in need. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (September 25, 2015)
Like Abraham, we are being called to build our lives on faith in the Lord. Each moment of our day we can choose to live in faith, to think in faith, to pray in faith, and to rejoice in faith. This choice to believe in God and His promises will change the way we live. We will no longer react to our circumstances in fear, or anger, in selfishness or despair. Faith will show us the way of love and hope. Faith with help us to see the way out of every situation, provided by God. The Holy Spirit will lead us in each moment on the way of hope and love.
We can be little Abrahams, leaving behind our old lives and following the inspirations of the Holy Spirit into a new way of life. It will be a life of adoration. We will adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and we will adore him in our neighbor, whom we will be able to serve out of love for Jesus. This is the power that will deliver the world from the darkness that threatens to devour it.
May we receive the Holy Spirit's gift of a strong faith. May we be open to believing in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as never before. May we be a sign for those who are far from God, that God is actually very near to them. May we be able to love all our brothers and sisters with and from the heart, powered by our strong faith.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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