Greetings on this the Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: GAL 3:1-5; LK 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75; LK 11:5-13
Notes: Yesterday and today (plus tomorrow in regard to the Memorial of the Holy Rosary) is about prayer.
Prayer is a communion with the Lord. A conversation.
Faith, even a mustard seed faith, is the motivation or justification for my actions which includes prayer.
- Faith – I trust you hear me.
- Faith – I trust you will act for me.
The first reading sets the vector.
- Yesterday, the danger of following a strange gospel.
- Today, the motivation. Are we moved by a checklist (a/k/a Law)? Are we moved in the heart by compassion?
We are justified by faith because faith is an interpersonal reality.
I either trust you or I do not.
The LAW is not interpersonal of itself. It is useful to describe the contours of our relations.
Faith is justification in so far as it is trusting the Lord will act for me especially in the most difficult of all circumstance, which is, the need for forgiveness and cleansing from sin with an infusion of grace. I cannot overcome my need by my efforts alone. I must have faith the Lord will overcome my needs for me.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to his people.
Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.
Our gospel portion today contrasts the faith we have in one another and the faith we are offered in the Lord.
Faith in a friend – it may require imposing and inconvenience a friend even as he does not appreciate the dire need we have. No doubt we have been on either side of that equation before!
Faith in the Lord – is always an open path. Ask, Seek, Knock! Any hour, any day, all the time and in every way! It is not an inconvenience or imposition for the Lord to hear you and respond to you because He loves you. That’s his motivation.
You can have faith in that.
Peace be with you,