18 Jan All things are possible to Jesus!
Faith is to be practised and should give shape and value to the little happenings of each day.
Gospel: MK 3:1-6
Jesus went into a synagogue and there saw a man who had a withered hand. It was paralysed. St Mark tells us that all the onlookers waited to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath. Our Lord does not act in secret or conceal what He does; quite the contrary. He asked the man to stand up in the midst of those who were present so that everybody could take a good look at him. He then said to the onlookers Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill? But they were silent. Then Jesus, angered by their hypocrisy, looked at them wrathfully, although at the same time He was grieved at their hardness of heart. The anger in Jesus’ look, caused by the hardness of their hearts, was obvious to everyone. He spoke to the man. ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
That handicapped man, standing out in front of everyone, is filled with trust in Jesus. His faith manifests itself in obeying Our Lord and in carrying out what, from long experience, he knows he has been unable to do up till then; to stretch out his hand. His trust in Our Lord, as he disregards his chronic condition, makes the miracle possible.
All things are possible to Jesus.
Faith enables us to reach targets we had always thought beyond us; to solve intractable problems, perhaps of a personal nature, or perhaps connected with some apostolic task, that we had always thought to be insoluble; it enables us to get rid of firmly-rooted defects in our own character.
This man’s life was to take a whole new direction after the small effort Christ required of him; this is what he asks of us too in the most normal matters of our daily life. Today we must consider how a Christian, in his ordinary daily life, in the simplest details, can put faith, hope and charity into practice. There lies the essence of the conduct of a man who relies on divine help. We need Our Lord’s help if we are to get rid of our incapability.
Faith is something we have to practise. It should shape all our decisions, big or small. At the same time it will usually show in the way we undertake our ordinary daily duties. It is not enough for us to give assent to the great truths of the Creed, to have good formation. We need, besides this, to live our faith, to put it into practice. It should give birth to a life of faith, which should be both the fruit and the manifestation of what we believe. God asks us to serve him with the whole of our life, with deeds, with all the strength of our body and soul. Faith is something that is related to life, to normal everyday life. With it, human existence itself appears as an unfolding of the Faith, as we live in accordance with our beliefs, and with what we know is God’s will for each one of us. Do we live a life of faith? Does our faith have a truly significant bearing on our behaviour, on the decisions we make …? Does it?”
Excerpt From: Francis, Fernandez. “In Conversation with God – Volume 3 Part 1″