It is 8th August 2020. We celebrate the memorial of St Dominic, Priest. The readings are from Habakkuk 1:12-2:4; and the Gospel from Matthew 17:14-20.
“Nothing will be impossible for you by prayer and fasting.” (Mt.17:20).
God’s patience and silence in dealing with the unbelievers are not to be the yard sticks for our faith in God. “The righteous live by their faith.” (Hab. 2:4). To have the gift of faith and to grow in it we need to look at our own sins and evils mostly ignored and forgotten by God.
Many ask what can faith do? Faith can anything and everything. It is not the quantity but the quality of faith that moves the mountains of problems, challenges, and sins.
The quality of our faith is always noticed with the intimate communion moments in prayer with God.
As in the first reading, we can all question God like the prophet for not acting swiftly against the evil and evil people as we want.
Saint Augustine claims, “If you have the simple desire to know God, you already have faith”.
Our prayer cannot be reduced to a habit, a superstition, ritual, and a timetable rather it is an expression of our deep faith in God. “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” (Mt. 21:22)
Faith without perseverance and prayer without patience takes us nowhere.
His Holiness Pope Francis teaches us, “with faith that the Lord can intervene, with perseverance and courage. The Lord does not let us down, He does not disappoint. He makes us wait, He takes His time, but He does not disappoint.”
The responsorial Psalm praises, “You never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.” (Ps.10).
The Gospel reminds us that God cares for us more than anyone including us. Faith assures, and attendants to our needs. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb.11:1) God cannot forget or ignore anything asked in faith. A desperate father in his helplessness disappointed with the disciples of Jesus who could not help his child is encouraged to have faith in God. Jesus reprimands the disciple that having little faith that of a mustard seed is enough to obtain from God. We need to be careful not to manipulate God with our faith. May we grow in our faith and allow God to do in God’s own way and time. May you have a good day. God bless you.