Faith that Moves Rain Clouds
Monday of the First Week of Advent
Just before lunch, I will make a simple act of faith in Christ, that he is guiding and protecting me.
by Father John Doyle, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord Jesus I place
myself before you with great confidence, sure of your desire to spend this time with me and
accompany me throughout the day. I am grateful for your unconditional and unfailing love. I humbly
offer you my desire to love you more and serve you more faithfully.
Lord help me to have a profound and yet childlike faith in you.
1. I Will
Come and Cure Him:
Jesus has a heart that is prompt in serving those in need. Doubtless
Christ had other plans when he arrived to Capernaum, plans that didn’t include making another trip
to cure the slave of a foreigner. Often we can find ourselves in similar situations in our daily
life. We are just about to relax after a grueling day when the phone rings or a little voice asks
for help with his or her homework. It is in those moments that Jesus is inviting us to imitate his
example of service. Turn the tables around for just a moment. How many times have I been the one on
the other side asking for a little of someone else’s time? Ask Jesus for the grace to be flexible
and always available to the needs of others.
2. I Am Not Worthy:
The centurion has
a profound awareness of his own unworthiness and this is key to his finding favor with Jesus. At
times we pray as if we deserved God’s favor, but here the centurion recognizes that he is unworthy
that Jesus should come to him. So great was this man’s faith and humility that we use his words to
express our own sentiments before receiving Jesus in Holy Communion: “Lord I am not worthy that you
should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” As we continue to
prepare for Christ’s coming during the Advent season, let’s make these words of the centurion our
3. Faith Moves Rain Clouds:
If it can be said that Jesus had a weakness for
something, it would seem that Christ’s “weakness” showed itself when he perceived faith in others.
He never worked a miracle without first demanding faith from the one to receive it, and he never
refused anyone who asked anything from him with faith. Jesus says that if you have faith the size of
a mustard seed you can move mountains. Although I personally have never seen anyone move mountains,
I surely have seen prayer move smaller things, like rain clouds for instance. If you need mountains,
rain clouds or anything else to be moved, ask for it with faith, and you will really touch Jesus’
weak spot. Direct your prayer of petition to Our Lord with confident faith and love for his will. He
really listens and he can move whatever needs to be moved.
Christ Jesus let me ask you for the faith that you demand
from me. I’m
going to remember now to turn to you
with my concerns, no matter how small, knowing
accompanying me, and wish to help and guide me. In return,
help me to
recognize you in those who seek my aid and
give me the generosity to answer promptly and
graciously in imitation of you.
Just before lunch, I will make
a simple act of faith in Christ, that he is guiding and protecting me.
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