Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

When We Lack Faith in God.Tuesday Week 4 in Ordinary Time of the Year

Breakfast with the Word Tuesday Week 4 in Ordinary Time of the Year


Mark 5:21–43


Lack indicates insufficiency. When something needed is not there, it indicates a lack. Therefore, lack of faith is when we do not truly believe in God or when we do not have enough trust in God.



The gospel reading today provides us with stories of people that exhibited strong faith in God.

First is a synagogue official whose name was Jarius and the woman who suffered from a haemorrhage.


It happened that Jesus crossed in the boat to the other side with a large crowd who gathered around him by the lakeside.


A synagogue official whose name is Jairus by name comes to Jesus and pleads Him to come and heal His daughter who is desperately sick. He asks that Jesus should come and lay hands on her to make her better and save her life.



So, as Jesus go with him, with the large crowd a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors without being better. She had heard about Jesus, and she walks her way through the crowd and touches the cloak of Jesus.



She said to herself ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ ‘I shall be well again.’ When she did that, the bleeding stopped immediately. Jesus then felt that power had gone out from him. He asked, “who touched me?”


When the woman came forward, with a frightening face, she came to Jesus and told Jesus the truth. But Jesus says to her ‘My daughter, your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.’


Then while this was going on, some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official and told him that his daughter is dead, so he should not disturb Jesus any further, but when Jesus overheard this, He said to the official ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith”.’ Jesus tells them that in fact, the child is not dead, but asleep.’



But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his companions, he went into the place where the child lay.



And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’

The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old.



At this, they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it and told them to give her something to eat.

This gospel today emphasises mainly the power and need of having strong faith in God.


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When We lack Faith in God.


From today’s readings, it is always normal to talk about faith in God, but many things have been written about having faith in God.



So, after reading today’s gospel in Mark 5,21-43, which mainly was projecting the power of faith, let us shift our attention to things that show our lack of faith in God which the gospel also is pointing at. The aim is to notify them and then develop strong faith in God. They are:





  1. When We think that approaching God is a Waste of Time.



  1. First, this is when we feel so tired to pray. and when we do not have the hunger to pray. We then see it as a burden.

When we lack faith in God, we will always see prayers as a waste of time.

If we truly accept and believe that during prayers, we communicate with God, then, there should be that inner hunger to be doing that daily. So, to say we talk to God during prayers and yet we do not have the hunger to do it, is a sign of a deep lack of faith.



It means we are just saying it but deep down within us, we do not accept that. If I communicate with God during prayers, then it should give me joy.

In the life of Jairus and the woman with a haemorrhage, we see that deep hunger to approach Jesus that no stumbling block stopped them.



  1. This is when we see the things of God as a waste of time. Yes, we go to church but we hardly relate with God as a person and let Him know the plans and problems for the day.

The first thing in the life of Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood is that they encountered Jesus and approached him.

Today, we are very busy having a single time with our Creator. Spirituality needs an everyday time with God.




  1. When we are still Ignorant of the Power around us or Yet to believe in it. 



Just like the crowd following Jesus, if we are just members of the church, paying our dues, attending meetings, fulfilling obligations. And when problems come we look elsewhere. What does it show? We are the crowd!!



Today only the woman among the crowd recognised there is something in Jesus that can heal her and she did not doubt that.



We believe that Jesus is the Holy Eucharist, yet we have not visited him in our lifetime or before?

We believe that we receive Jesus in the Holy Communion, yet we do not love to approach the altar for that? It shows a deep lack of faith.


If Jesus is in the Eucharist, what are we still waiting for? So we are Oh Yes Members?



  1. When We refuse to Break from the Crowd:



The crowd was the only stumbling block holding the woman and she broke away from the crowd first.

This means breaking away from self-limiting beliefs, breaking from what people have already accepted, avoiding talks that will keep you down, breaking from challenges that look as if, nothing good is coming.



You do not need the crowd. Did you see how Jesus moved inside the house of Jairus not with the crowd but with only 3 disciples? You don’t need anything or anyone that keeps your faith down.



  1. When we are full of doubts:



This is when we doubt everything spiritual. Before the recipients of today’s miracle approached Jesus, they fully trusted Him to do what they were asking for.



Faith is simply believing before you ask and after you have asked. It is not believing after. It must come before and after.



Faith is simply “never doubt”. Instead of losing faith during difficulties, hang your faith there. Faith does not disappoint unless it is the will of God.

Faith and doubt are always about the unseen. Then faith leads to breakthrough while doubt leads to the reverse.



When we do like the visitors in the house of Jairus who laugh and make a caricature of spiritual things. It shows a lack of faith.



To have faith in God, we must remove doubt in God. There should be no atom of doubt in the presence of God.



May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to overcome our shortcomings. May He never allow you to stumble Amen.






  1. Elendu Rosemary says


  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  3. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen oooo
    Father please increase my faith in Jesus name amen

    1. Otokpa Elijah says

      O Lord increase my faith in You

  4. Eze Ezinne promise says


  5. Chisom Egwudike says


    1. Theresa Oghenevwaire Ujala says

      Does it mean we should not go for treatment when for example I’m believing God for the fruits of the womb because we have faith in God ?

      1. Sanctus Mario says

        Never, you are also expected to fulfill your medical obligations

  6. Mbama Christiana says

    Eternal God, please strengthen my faith so that I will always believe in You without doubtful thoughts. Amen

    1. Okwuchi Juliet says


  7. Ijeoma Ugorji says


  8. Ifeoma N says

    My God, please help me to hang on to my faith no matter how turbulent the storm may become and grace to remain steadfast despite all odds

  9. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Padre and may God continue to bless you.

  10. Nonye Maduka says


  11. Peter Anthony Dodoh says


  12. Adichie Chizoba says

    Faith: believing in God before and after. Lord give me the grace to have faith in you. Amen

  13. Adichie Chizoba says

    Faith: believing in God before and after. Lord give me the grace to have faith in you. Amen.

  14. Mailoushi James says


  15. Ada Ndubuisi says


  16. Ibekwe Nneamaka Constansia says


  17. Mrs Blessing Chilo says

    Increase our faith oh Lord as we make conscious efforts to walk with you daily through Christ our Lord Amen

  18. Inya Joseph says

    Lord increase our faith in thee o God!

  19. Nwoye Ngozi says


  20. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  21. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    May God help me to distinguish my self from the crowd …. Amen

  22. CHIAMAKAA says

    Faith is believing before you ask & after you have asked!!!
    Thank you Fr.

  23. Nancy chizoba says

    May God keep increasing our faith in him , Amen. Thank you fr.


    Father Lord, please increase my Faith in you, Amen!

  25. Okeke Chioma Agatha says


  26. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

    Amen and Amen

  27. Ani Chinonyelum says

    Well done Padre

  28. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Lord, help me to build my faith in you more stronger as each day in my life passes in Jesus mighty name, amen.

  29. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen. Lord Jesus increase my faith n remove any stumbling blocks on my way to encounter you. Amen

  30. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Reading this really lifted my soul and I got relieved reading the healing of the woman with the issue of blood, and I believe that I will receive my own healing. Amen

  31. Uju says

    Thank you Father for the breakfast

    1. Ibeawuchi Monica says

      May almighty God help me to increase my faith in him, amen

  32. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father for starting another journey of 21 days with us. May the good Lord give you the grace to carry on.

  33. Ikeoha Joy Chidiogo says


  34. Ochuba Ebuka says

    Lord, help my unbelief

  35. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says



    This reflection on the gospel today is quite encouraging

    I picked one vital point from it and that is: Faith is believing before you have asked and also believing after you have asked.

  37. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen, Lord increase my faith in you
    Thanks Padre

  38. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    Not sure whether my earlier comment was successfully submitted.
    May You, o God, help me to always draw close to You in prayer and joyfully too! May I always recognize You, especially in the Blessed Sacrament! May my faith in You never waver! May I establish a Personal Relationship with You and then keep away from occasions or persons that may or do make my faith dwindle! So help me God! Thanks a bunch, Padre!

  39. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thank you father

  40. Maryann obiano says

    We pray that may our faith be more stronger not to depart from God through Christ our Lord Amen

  41. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  42. ijeoma says


  43. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God please multiply my faith and that of my siblings in You.


    Amen and ameb🙏

  45. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    May almighty God help me to increase my faith in him, amen

  46. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, Lord I pray you strengthen my faith and that of my family members.

  47. FloxzyUc says


  48. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says


  49. Rosemary Umeze says


  50. Chikwendu Esther Amarachukwu says

    Amen may I not loose faith in you o Lord.

  51. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Please oh Lord, increase my faith in you and always make me to hang on faith no matter the storms of life
    Thank you Padre
    Remain blessed

  52. Chinyere Ezemelue says


    1. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre God bless you plenty 🙏

  53. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Jesus son of David,. I pray thee increase my faith.

  54. Onukwugha Florence says

    Lord increase my Faith,no matter the Storms of Life.. Stay Lifted

  55. Cynthia Douglas says


  56. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!

    1. Uchenna Obeta says


  57. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr., good morning

  58. Okonkwo onyinye says


  59. Obizolu Assumpta says


  60. Boitumelo Malebatsane says


  61. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  62. Agina Uchenna says

    Amen! Father Lord, please increase my faith in you

  63. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  64. Onyekonwu Johnmary Kenechukwu says

    I thank God for his breakfast today. I pray that through his Grace, I will be able to have a strong faith that will always draw me closer to him and be able to avoid the crowd……… Amen 🙏

  65. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  66. Nwanesi Chikaodinaka Fidelia says


    1. Ebhohon Agbonmwenre Queen says


  67. Elizabeth kiio says

    Lord increase my faith

  68. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  69. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen GREAT GOD keep me that I may not stay away from YOU.

  70. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen. Oh Lord increase my Faith 🙏🙏

  71. Martins says

    Amen and amen and amen

  72. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  73. Adee Calista says


  74. Grace Uba says


  75. Mbama Christiana says


  76. Regina Ajua Mobu says


  77. Michael Jones says


  78. Mary Ijeoma says


  79. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  80. Angela Ekere says

    Amen. Increase my faith O Lord

  81. Munachimso onuoha says


  82. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus.

  83. Ekwueme Amarachi Judith says

    Amen 💙

  84. Awodike Florence says

    Oh Lord Please increase my Faith that I may not doubt your words…
    God bless you immensely Father

  85. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen . Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith in Jesus name amen. May good lord give us grace to be strong in believe and have faith in him. Amen.

  86. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  87. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen….. Lord, I have faith that you will bring me out of my present situation and make me happy again in Jesus name, Amen

  88. Onah Ifeoma Mary says


  89. Umeze Rosemary says


  90. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Thank you Padre.

  91. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Please Lord increase my faith in you.

  92. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  93. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen like thunder

  94. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Amen and Amen

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