Monday, May 18, 2015

“Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to 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 (1506 – 1552: Catholic Missionary and one of the first seven Jesuits)

Gospel Text: (JN 16:29-33)
The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Jesus' disciples professed their faith by stating: "We are convinced that You know everything. There is no need for anyone to ask You questions. We do indeed believe You came from God" (Jn 16:30). Jesus responded with the question: "Really?" When we profess our faith, does Jesus respond "Amen" or "Really?"

Do we mean what we say?

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