August 8, 2020

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move.

Jesus may have been exaggerating in this allegory, but he often spoke about faith and its importance. Faith, here, is not about believing truths. It is trusting in God and being willing to base our lives completely on him. As the Letter to the Hebrews (11:1) states, faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Fortunately for us, even though we have never seen God, we have seen his works. We also have the gospels to reveal to us God made visible in Jesus.

Jesus may have lived 2,000 years ago, but he still lives for us in the sacraments, and we can experience his love each day, especially in the Eucharist. This gives us the confidence that comes from knowing that God is in control and can do far more than we could ever even think of asking for. Faith is thus resting in the love of God, and in the assurance that God will always be there for us.

In the story today, we see how disappointed Jesus was with the lack of faith of his disciples. A man had brought his son to the disciples, and they were unable to help him. Jesus then sort of groaned and said, “O faithless generation… how long shall I suffer you?” It was the disciples’ lack of faith that troubled Jesus. I wonder how many times we trouble him by our lack of faith, manifested by our worry and anxiety over our situations, especially today with the Covid-19 virus disturbing our lives.

How can I deepen my trust in Jesus today?

Let Us Pray:

O Jesus, I do believe in you; help my unbelief! Grant that I may always place my trust in you in all things. Never let me doubt your love.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.