Breakfast with the Word Friday First Week of Advent
Do you truly believe is a sincere and practical question every Christian who says He is one, must ask himself/herself today. Do you truly and wholeheartedly believe that God is real ? Hence, Do you truly believe that He can do even that thing you worry about every day?
Hebrews 11:1-6 gives us six characteristics we must have if we truly have faith in God. They are:
1. In faith, there is certainty or confidence. This is when you are not perturbed on what you hope for.
2. In faith, there is full assurance. When someone assures you of something, it means He is sure of what He is saying. It means despite the delay, you are sure it will come to pass.
3. Faith is always on what we expect, hope and yet to see.
4. It pleases God when we believe in His power and kindness to do anything.
5. It is impossible to please God without this kind of assurance and
6. Before we approach Him, we must already believe He rewards those who seek Him earnestly. So, faith is seen in our attitude before we kneel to pray and our attitude after we pray.
A Little Digest
The gospel today in Matthew 9:27-31 presents three characters: Jesus and the two blind men who approach Him, that He changes their conditions.
Certainly, they must have heard about Jesus, His power and tenderness towards the sick. If not they would not be disturbing in this manner.
Few points that certainly affirms this are 1. They were shouting consistently
2. Jesus did not pay attention to them immediately but they continue to shout.
3. The gospel says it is only when Jesus reaches the house that He then begins to talk to them. So despite these seeming challenges, they are resolute. They know He will and they do not stop to shout. They see an answer to their problems and they decide not to give up. Hence they see in Jesus an answer to their problems. They now request for healing.
Instead of granting their request immediately, Jesus puts up a question to them, “Do you believe I can do this?”
Their answer to this question led Jesus to grant their request also according to their faith. That question asked by Jesus today is a very part of our spiritual life. The question remains ‘Do we really believe?’
When we go to church every day and attend spiritual activities, do we truly believe it is God we are going to meet? The way we do in the presence of God is enough to answer this question. If we truly believe, we will avoid any form of distraction and pay attention to God.
How we can we believe that we are in the presence of God but busy pressing our phones, busy on social media even when the Holy Mass is going on?
How are we sure we believe that in the church we are in the presence of God but we have been busy discussing with our friends during the Holy Mass?
So, we believe that Jesus is the Blessed Sacrament, yet we find it very difficult to pay Him even if it is a five minute visit? The question still remains “do we truly believe?
Faith In God’s Ability To.
Jesus’ question to the two blind men is “do you believe I can do this”? This is a call to believe in God’s ability to do all things before we approach His presence.
Do we believe that God can answer prayers? Then why do we lose faith easily when challenges come?
There is no limit to what God does in our lives.
When one says God cannot, is a limit to His Omnipotence. There is nothing God cannot do. He has created out of nothing and now gives Human beings the power to continue His creative process. But doing that does not demean God’s omnipotence.
In everything we do, there is the need to believe in His ability to do all things. We go to God with a victory mentality and not with a victim mentality.
We approach Him with faith, not with a mind already conquered in doubt. So, we ask ourselves again ‘Do you believe God Can?’.
Our Attitude answers the Question
Do you really believe that God is real? Do we sincerely and certainly believe that it is God we meet whenever we attend to spiritual activities?
Hence, do we Catholics sincerely and certainly believe that the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus. Action speaks louder than voice. How we relate with spiritual matters around us is enough of a sign to say whether we believe or not.
If we certainly and sincerely believe that Jesus is sacrificed at the altar daily, if we sincerely and certainly believe that the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus, we can never miss a day without approaching Him.
If you believe that whenever you pray, it is God you pray, why getting tired of it. Hence, if we believe that yes we are talking with God at prayers, why do we do it as if it is nothing? Why do we see prayers as a burden? Why then are we in the church but yet on social media?
When we come to the chapel, do we really believe that is God we visit? When we have prayed about a certain situation, do we sincerely and certainly believe that He hears us? Then why do we still worry?
These questions are for all of us. Do we truly believe God can? What is happening to our faith. We have to know that life is larger than logic. Life is beyond the physical.
Let us always know that sometimes what affects us is our unbelief. It is not that God is deaf to hear or that God is not real. The voice of prayer is never silent. Most of those requests can only be granted only according to our faith in the One we pray to as we see today in the gospel.
May God help our unbelief.
May God bless you dearest and give you the grace to value God’s presence and may He help us to overcome all our challenges today Amen.
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Please Lord help my unbelief and increase my faith. Amen
Thank you Padré
Amen and Amen
May God bless us all
Amen! Uko, e gadi o🙏🙏🙏🙏 ya gazie.
God please help my unbelief
Amen. God, I truly believe in You. May I stand firm even during trials and challenges of life.
King of Glory , yes I know n believe You can do all things ,pls help my doubt anytime I did such. I repeat from doubting or even thinking how it will happen. All knowingly Saviour prove Yourself to us /me. I glorified ur existence Lord. I pray in Jesus name Amen
Help me Lord to strongly believe in you at all times. Give me the grace to always long for you in my life today and always, Amen.
May God bless you Fr.
Amen Thanks father.This really increase my faith
Today’s word calls for reflection in the faith we profess as Christians, to check if we truly believe in God and trust his directions. It also encourages us to be fervent in prayer and in pursuit of righteousness while relying completely on the wisdom of God to guide us through the challenges we may face and in the end, crown us with glory. Amen
Thank you Padre. Today’s message is superb. May God help me to always recognize His presence. Amen
AMEN AMEN AND AMEN!!!
Amen to all the prayer. Thank u jesus for all that you are doing for me and hoping and praying for more of your help in my life.
Amen and Amen, thank you fr. And remain bless .
Do I really believed in the power of the holy spirit? If I do then why am I still worried about what to wear and what to eat? He said that one with God is majority, father today we place all our trust and hope in you because we know that you will not fail us.
Amen, Lord please increase my faith ,help me to focus on You and not on my problems.
Amen! God you are real and I believed, I’m believing and I will believe that you can do it.
Amen….. May God help us
God am calling on You today change my condition
Answer my prayers Lord and take all Your Glory in my life and family in Jesus name Amen.
Amennnnnnn. I pray for the increase of Faith
Thank you father for reminding me again about my faith in God
In your presence there is joy and fullness forever. Help us oh Lord to relish being in your presence through christ our Lord Amen
I need ur grace lord to always believe in You
Amen, God help us to overcome every of our life challenges
O God, please increase my faith and believe in you…Amen
I strongly believe in the suppremacy of God, and His Devine Providence.
Amen. Thank you fr
My Lord Jesus may my faith increase in you every day of my life Amen
Amen. God please forgive me in the times I have doubted your presence in my life due to challenges and situations I found myself. God help my unbelief. Amen
Amen, thank you Jesus for the gift of ur word today, Lord increase my faith n have Mercy. Amen. Thanks Padre, more grace for you.
Lord increase my faith n have Mercy. Amen. Thanks Padre, more grace for you.
Amen. May God help my unbelief . Thank you Padre once again for this beautiful word of the day. May God continue to increase you all round . Amen
I believe in God the maker of heaven and earth
Amen and Amen. I pray that God will increase my faith in him to believe in him, even more than I do. Having in mind that he (God) can and is ever ready and able to put an end to our ugly situations. Thank you Jesus, for this word 🙏
Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr… May God give us the grace to be strenghtened more in our faith & belief in him & what he can do for us, devoid of any doubt, Amen.
Amen. I now realized that,I need to be persistent in prayer and hold on to my faith in God that he will answer me.i won’t relent nor get tired of praying. Thank you Father this inspiring words of God
Amen. I pray for the Grace to perserver.
Oh Lord my God, please have mercy upon me for all times I have belittled your power and might, and increase my faith in you through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior Amen
Oh Lord May the urge to serve You increase more in my life in Jesus name Amen
Amen thanks Padre
Amen…God I believe wholeheartedly that You will answer me
My merciful God, please give us the grace to conquer our unbelief, and increase our faith and trust in you in all situations in Jesus name, amen. Remain richly blessed padre.
Jesus, my God, my all, increase my faith. Give me the grace to always see myself as a victor and not a victim in the face of life challenges. May I always believe in Your ability to perform in my life and to hear my supplications.Lord Jesus, help my unbelief! I can never thank you enough, Padre. Daalu,Nnaa!