Message for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 8, 2018
Saddened by the lack of faith displayed by the people of His own town, Jesus only performed a few healings for the sick who had come to hear and see Him. What a missed opportunity that must have been for those who needed Jesus the most. What might the scene have been if His own people had welcomed Him with joy and faith? If He had been accepted and welcomed by His own what might He have achieved, what miracles might He have performed, how might people’s lives have been changed after hearing His words, experiencing the healing touch of His hand, and how many might have been delivered from sin and darkness simply because of His presence. It is a story that tells us that the lack of faith by the crowd actually makes a huge difference in other people’s lives. It might also suggest to us that maybe the presence of faith can also make a huge difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us. If the lack of faith brings sadness maybe the presence of faith can bring joy.
Sometimes in life we make bad decisions, we treat people with disrespect, we fail to live up to our calling in life, as priests, as husbands and wives, as parents, as sons and daughters, and as brothers and sisters. After a time we might realize that we have failed and we might experience a change of heart, what we might call, a conversion. It can be hard to begin to live differently, sometimes because we are out of practice, but at other times because the people in our lives can make it difficult. They remember who we were and how poorly we treated them. They have been hurt and they have learned to be wary of us. We can have faith to change because we are not accepted.
Nevertheless, it is important that we remember that because of faith, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the sick are healed, the dead rise, the hungry are fed, the lost are found, demons are banished, sins are forgiven, and the darkness is overcome by the light. Without faith – none of these things happen. It may be hard to be the prophet in our communities, in our families, in our marriages, but faith in Christ makes all things possible. Faith in Jesus brings life. Aren’t our children, our families, our wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, worth it? Let us have faith and make a difference. Have courage and experience what it means to have Victory through Faith.