REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
November 14, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Lk. 18:8
Persistence in prayer is not always easy. Perhaps we feel our prayers are not being answered, or that God is not hearing us. But Jesus tells us to pray always, without becoming weary. In order to grow in our relationship with God, we need to spend quality time with him in prayer each day and with faith.
Our Bible reference today come from the ending of Jesus’ parable to his disciples about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. The question posed by Jesus is good and necessary. He poses it to each one of us and asks us to answer it in a personal way. The answer is contingent upon whether or not we each have faith in our hearts.
So what is your answer to Jesus? Presumably the answer is “Yes.” But it’s not just a yes or no answer. It’s hopefully a “yes” that continually grows in depth and certitude.
What is faith? Faith is a response from each one of us to God speaking in our hearts. In order to have faith we must first listen to God speak. We must let Him reveal Himself to us within the depths of our conscience. And when He does this, we manifest faith by responding to all that He reveals. We enter into a belief in His Word spoken to us and it is this act of believing that changes us and forms faith within us.
Faith is not just believing. It’s believing in what God speaks to us. It’s the belief in His very Word and in His very Person. Interestingly, when we do enter into the gift of faith, we grow in a certainty about God and all He says to a radical degree. That certainty is what God is looking for in our life and will be the answer to His question above.
Reflect, today, upon how authentic and how certain your faith is. Reflect upon Jesus asking you this question. Will He find faith in your heart? Let your “Yes” to Him grow and commit yourself to a deeper embrace of all that He reveals to you each and every day. Don’t be afraid to seek out His voice so that you can say “Yes” to all He reveals.
Lord, I desire to grow in faith. I desire to grow in my love and in my knowledge of You. May faith be alive in my life and may You find that faith as a precious gift I offer to You. Jesus, I trust in You.