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August 8, 2015

The good news for today

(Failing to drive a harmful force from a boy), the disciples approached Jesus in private: “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your scant faith. I am telling you for a fact, if you have faith—as slight as a mustard seed—you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17, 19-20)

What is faith?  Faith sees past the visible, hears beyond the words, and believes in the impossible. But faith also means seeing what IS there, hearing what IS important and believing in power beyond yours.

You see someone with something wrong—it may be bad breath or terminal cancer, it may be Alzheimer’s disease or blindness of soul. It may be possession of someone’s heart by infatuation, a devotion to a corrosive political ideology, or an unacknowledged prejudice.

What does faith do?  In prayer, humility and acceptance, you act with firm, trusting certainty to “move this mountain”—and then you let God move it—or not. As a child of our Father, you know that He is wiser, more caring and more powerful than you. The mountain may walk away—or, in the mystery of things, stay right there.

The Good News is your salvific faith. The person of faith tries and sometimes faith accomplishes miracles. If it does not work, it may be the mystery of Life—that beyond your power lies more Life, more Growth and more Godliness if things remain just as they are. Perhaps a even greater miracle lies ahead.

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