October 2, 2016

When the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith (Luke 17.5) they speak for us all.  Everybody feels that they do not have enough faith. I have great sympathy with the father of the epileptic child who, asked by Jesus if he believed in him, cried out:  ‘I do believe.  Help me to overcome my unbelief’ (Mark 9.24).  We are people of faith, but often we are also people of questioning, of doubts and uncertainties. But let us remember this.  Faith does not require the absence of doubt. Faith is shown in commitment, in the ability to give as generously as we can to God.  Doubts come and go, but faith is the ability to set our course and stick to it.  Marriage is an act of faith. Young people set out on a course of studies in an act of faith. Even in the hard world of commercial reality, there sometimes needs to be a launching forth without any guarantee of success.        

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