Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
This wonderful chapter rejoicing in the faith of the men and women who have been instrumental in forming the Jewish faith is one that we can draw much from insofar as we are willing to study the lives of the people it mentions and open our hearts to the example that they give to us. This is the reason why the Church canonizes saints for us ? to provide us with examples of the way we should live our lives as disciples of Jesus. Pope John Paul II canonized hundreds of men and women in order to place before us more contemporary examples of lives that are worthy of imitation.
1 Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. 2 Because of it the ancients were well attested. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. 9 By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God. 11 By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age ? and Sarah herself was sterile ? for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy. ?12 So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore. 13 All these died in faith. They did not receive what had been promised but saw it and greeted it from afar and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth, 14 for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 17 By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son, 18 of whom it was said, ?Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.? 19 He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and he received Isaac back as a symbol.
P S A L M
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R: Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
69 He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant. (R) 70 Through his holy prophets he promised of old. 71 that he would save us from the hand of all who hate us, 72 He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. (R) 73 This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to set us free from the bonds of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, 75 holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. (R)
G O S P E L
As the winds and waves of the problems of life batter us from every side, how do we respond to them? Are we like the disciples, slow to put their trust in the presence of God in their lives even though Jesus is physically with them in the boat? Or do we simply and firmly entrust everything to God, doing what we know is our duty in the situation and allowing His Spirit to do His part as well. This is the choice we will face over and over again. Let us pray that we choose wisely.
35 On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, ?Let us cross to the other side.? 36 Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. 38 Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, ?Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?? 39 He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ?Quiet! Be still!? The wind ceased and there was great calm. 40 Then he asked them, ?Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?? 41 They were filled with great awe and said to one another, ?Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey??
think: Are we like the disciples, slow to put their trust in the presence of God in their lives even though Jesus is physically with them in the boat?
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