6th Week in Ordinary Time (C) : Monday 14th February 2022

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Ss Cyril, monk, & Methodius, bishop

6th Week in Ordinary Time (C) : Monday 14th February 2022

Jm. 1:1-11; Ps. 118:67,68,71,72,75,76;
Mk. 8:11-13 (Ps Wk II)

People often pray to God for various needs and are frustrated and disappointed if it appears that their prayers have not been granted. Sometimes it seems that our lives are chaotic and far removed from God. James has some stern words for us: maybe we are part of the problem. When we have doubts, and our hearts are divided and lukewarm, we can expect our lives to be bumpy and out of control. Our doubts close the doors of our heart and mind, blocking out the energy of God can, or will, grant our request. Faith is spiritual power.

The demand for proof or a sign from God is another form of doubt. When people demanded a sign from Jesus, He refused – in fact, He said that no sign at all would be given to that generation. They had seen his miracles and heard his teachings – that should have been enough. It has been said that no sign or proof is necessary for the real believer, but for the doubter or unbeliever, no sign of evidence is possible. Faith has little to do with creeds or doctrines. It is absolute trust in God’s loving and gracious power and a willingness to proceed through life without paralysing fear. If we do that, we will be given a sign of sorts – the evidence of the beautiful things God has done for us and the changes that have come about in our own hearts.

Lord, may deep faith drive away my doubt.

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