August 8, 2017
(St. Dominic, Priest)
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses . . . They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks? Does he not speak through us also?” Nm_12:1-13
Sometimes, beloved, Faith requires humility. This Moses was just Miriam’s little brother. Besides, wasn’t it her who saw to it that Moses was saved from Pharaoh’s edict of death! So she felt that she had every right to be just as important as Moses. And Aaron followed suit. So they moaned and groaned and God heard their egos shouting up to heaven. Sometimes faith requires humility! And when that virtue is missing, we just may be in for a fall!
Jesus, walking on the sea, spoke out to his petrified disciples in the wave-tossed boat, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come” Mt_14:22-36
Sometimes Faith requires obedience and courage. Jesus’ invitation didn’t result in a “Yeah, but . . .” Peter stepped right out of that boat and began walking on the water. Impossible? Unnatural? Sometimes obedience requires faith too! Peter put his life on the line trusting, in faith, that what Jesus asked would be possible. Jesus showed Peter that his faith must be persistent as well. If we take our focus off the goal and allow all those other temptations and diversions to interrupt us, we may also fall, just like the one who was missing their humility, just like Peter a little later in the story!
Once they reached land and the people of the area heard that it was Jesus, they brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed. ibid
Sometimes Faith just requires belief. Beyond kissing that lottery ticket; Beyond rubbing your jade Buddha’s head; Beyond burying St. Joseph’s statue upside down in the dirt; Faith is TRUE belief in God, belief in Jesus. Jesus has the power to heal, both physically and spiritually. And when we truly believe that, it’s absolutely amazing what He can do for us as well.
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