In the darkest hours of life, we whisper a prayer to God, a prayer of trust and a prayer of abandonment to his will. Faith is trusting that God is always with us as he promised us he would be.
Faith is the power to do more than we can ever do on our own. Faith is the ability to trust when we have no answer to how we will accomplish our many tasks.
As the letter to the Hebrews tells us: .Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen.
Faith is the perception that God touches hearts and transforms them. The disciples are sceptical about Jesus’ ability to feed the crowds with so little and yet there are many baskets left over.
Faith is looking as the priest lifts up the sacred host and says “Behold the lamb of God” and believing in the real presence of Jesus, truly present to us, influencing, inspiring, assisting our living, colouring our vision of how to live life, and giving concrete meaning and purpose to the life we are gifted with.
St Paul urges us in the second reading at Mass today to
“live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:”
We ask for these gifts each time we receive the Eucharist. We come forward in faith to say Amen to the Life of Jesus. To say “yes” to that life of Jesus radiating in our own, lighting up the darkness of doubt and banishing fear.
Faith is a precious gift, a soothing ointment, and light for our path. We pray that our faith may not fail us in the course of the many trails and afflictions that come our way, but that our faith may give us the courage and inspiration to carry on believing in the things hoped for, and be the evidence for things not seen.