Saturday, October 19, 2013

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards one's progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. --Saint Francis Xavier

Scripture Text: (PS 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43)
R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations –
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Why is trust so difficult?

I think it is because trust means sacrificing our pride. By trusting in something outside our self (and in this case something that we have no empirical evidence for) we are making a bold statement that we don’t have all the answers or skills that we need to do this. We are being challenged to recognize how limited we are, and that we can’t do all these things on our own.  We must have the humility to see our own limited scope and knowledge. 

We must put aside our pride that we have got it all figured out and allow the space for God to work in us and through us.

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