We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.
May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)
Faith is not just about who God is. It is also about who we are. Yes, Faith is also about who we are.
Faith is not just ok when things turn out to be fine
But faith is being ok when things are not fine.
One of the things our faith teaches us regarding ourselves is our incredible capacity to love --- our ability to love every person and in every situation. By faith we are saved. With and in faith, we understand and believe that God has first loved us, that he died for us all, and that he forgives us over and over again. With a deep gratitude for all that God has done for us, we will really be able to love in the way that God is asking me to.
And so maybe that’s a good place for us to start today, as we seek to be more faithful by being a lot better at loving --- loving more people, more often, in more situations, and more unconditionally. How badly do we believe we need God? How badly do we need his mercy and forgiveness? How convinced are we that we need to change --- not for ourselves or for God, but for all the people we come in contact with? How deeply do we understand that the world will be a better place if we are better people --- you and me --- more selfless, more generous, and more forgiving?
May that type of humility fill each of our hearts and may we hear the voice of the Lord deep within our souls assure us,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
- Deacon Joe