By Faith

As I sat down to pray with the readings for this Sunday, one theme seemed to resonate most profoundly: faith. St. Paul so eloquently tells us that “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen,” before reminding us that “by faith” Abraham was able to receive, sojourn, produce, offer, and seek his heavenly homeland. In the first reading, we hear of the Israelites secretly offering sacrifice “…with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, that they might have courage.”

What are the oaths in which we put our faith? As Catholics, we profess our faith each Sunday—a faith in God the Father Almighty; a faith in Jesus Christ, His only son; a faith in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life; a faith that forgives sins and resurrects the dead. We have sure knowledge of these oaths, and as such, can have courage to live a life of freedom in Christ.

The gift of faith is powerful. It allows us to be fearless—to know as Abraham knew—that with God all things are possible. There is nothing that God cannot redeem; there is no power that he cannot overcome.

Faith allows us to hope—to recognize that even in the face of unthinkable hardship, God is still good and that he will work all things for good. God has conquered it all—even death has no sting, for we have a heavenly homeland which awaits us.

It was by faith that Abraham changed the world, because by faith he listened to the Lord’s call and had the courage to follow where God was leading him. Just as God had a call for Abraham’s life, he has one for your life and mine. God wants to change the world through you, because God created you with a purpose. We each have a vocation, a call specific to us, one with which the Lord will make a mark on the world.

What can and will you do this week by faith? Will you trust in the Lord’s timing? Will you take the step the Lord has been putting on your heart? Will you have courage in the midst of fear? Will you simply listen?

Let us live by faith.

Blessings,

Elizabeth McCanna
Youth Minister

 

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