There comes a time in the lives of all believers when things get dark, and one has to believe what one cannot prove, and to accept it though they cannot understand or make sense out of what is happening. It is precisely at times such as this that we need strong faith.
When all is going well it is easy to have faith. When a crisis arises and the boat begins to rock on the waters, we discover just how strong our faith truly is. By faith I mean having trust in God and the promise of Jesus, “I am with you always.”
In today’s Gospel account we hear Jesus say to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God: have faith also in me.” When we place these words in their context, we see just how important they are in times of crisis. Jesus was in the Upper Room on the night before he died. He was having an intimate conversation with the disciples, preparing them for what was going to happen the next day, but wanted to assure them that the outcome would not be what they would expect. How could their hearts not be troubled?
We are in a moment of crisis as a global community. We continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we do question, we do find our hearts being troubled by what is happening. However, it is precisely at a moment such as this that we need to hear, ponder, and allow the words of Jesus to penetrate the depths of our being. We need to have faith and absolute trust in God’s providential care for us. We need to believe that God will bring good out of an evil situation, as only He can. When we are able to do this, then the unbearable becomes bearable, and in the darkness a glimmer of light appears.
Real faith assures us that God is with us in the midst of the crisis. It is that feeling, that conviction, that we are not alone, that we are not abandoned. Faith gives us comfort and inspiration and allows us to keep moving forward. It is not we who keep the faith; it is the faith that keeps us! May the words of Jesus truly be words of comfort, strength and hope: “Do not let your hearts be troubled: you have faith in God: have faith also in me.”
I would also like to extend a “Happy Mother’s Day” to all those women who have said “yes” to the vocation of Christian motherhood. Yours is truly a lofty and noble vocation to have been called to. May God pour out abundant blessings on each of you, and may your example of faith and love continue to shine forth, and may we, your sons and daughters, always honor you with a spirit of profound respect.
It is also a special blessing for me today as I celebrate the anniversary of my Ordination to Priesthood. My mother certainly has a tremendous impact on my priestly ministry as she lived out her vocation of motherhood with deep faith and love, being a powerful example of what living the faith is all about. And now I am blessed to have the power of her intercessory prayer from her place in the Heavenly Kingdom to help me.
- Father Dennis, May 10, 2020