Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – Do you? In times of crises, in moments of distress and even in disappointing situations, our faith can really be tested. Frustration, impatience, isolation, doubt slowly creep into our daily lives and anxiety gives way to restlessness, restlessness gives way to discouragement and before you know it, we are lost then we stop praying, we stop believing. But it is our faith nourished through prayer that can raise us up from moments of darkness and despair. Faith can get us through any challenging situation. Do you believe this? Do you? I do… When I feel overwhelmed and the waves of doubt and fear pound and crash over me, hoping to drown and confuse me and cloud my judgement, rather than run from Jesus I run to him. I believe with my whole heart he is the only one that can save me. He is the only one that truly understands me. He understands my hurt, my joy, my need. O my Lord, how many times I failed to turn towards you, to come to you, to run to you in a difficult situation, to turn to you in my time of need. How many times, my Lord, I thought that I was strong enough and said, “I got this” – “I will be okay” – “I can do this, I don’t need anyone.” How wrong to think that I don’t need you. How foolish to think I can do it all on my own. Pride is such a poison. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for saving me each day. Jesus, I love you and trust in you. May your peace remain in our hearts for ever.
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time