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XXVII Sunday in Ordinary Time

Increase your faith. It’s a Gift from God

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” It seems that we can all make this our invocation. Let us too, like the Apostles, say to the Lord: “Increase our faith!”. Yes, Lord, our faith is small, our faith is weak and fragile, but we offer it to you as it is, so that you can make it grow. Lord, increase our faith!

Perhaps, many people do not understand the importance of having faith, of growing in faith ... There are people who want to destroy faith, introducing into the culture a materialistic way of thinking that would convince that having faith means not being happy; according to them happiness is somewhere else ... And many people fall for it and risk ruining their lives, giving themselves only to worldliness or, at best, to careers and earthly mirages. But they risk losing and ruining their lives in eternity: " What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? " Jesus tells us.

Here is the importance of faith: joy, the gift of faith, the light and the power of faith!

And how does the Lord answer us? He responds: “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, ‘Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea’, and it would obey you” . A mustard seed is tiny, yet Jesus says that faith this size, small but true and sincere, suffices to achieve what is humanly impossible, unthinkable. And it is true! We all know people who are simple, humble, but whose faith is so strong it can move mountains! Let us think, for example, of some mothers and fathers who face very difficult situations; or of some sick, and even gravely ill, people who transmit serenity to those who come to visit them. These people, because of their faith, do not boast about what they do, rather, as Jesus asks in the Gospel, they say: “‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty”

As we know, the Diary of Luisa begins speaking of faith (February 28, 1899); Jesus tells Luisa simply that "faith is God!" From this simple statement, Luisa begins to make a profound reflection on her relationship with God.

These two words  - Luisa wrote- contained an immense light, such that it is impossible to explain them. In the word “Faith”, she  comprehended that Faith is God Himself. Just as material food gives life to the body so that it may not die, so does Faith give life to the soul – without Faith, the soul is dead. Faith vivifies, Faith sanctifies, Faith spiritualizes man, and makes him keep his eye fixed on a Supreme Being, in such a way that he learns nothing of the things of down here; and if he learns them, he learns them in God. Oh! the happiness of a soul who lives of Faith - her flight is always toward Heaven. In everything that happens to her, she always looks at herself in God; and so, just as in tribulation, Faith raises her in God and she does not afflict herself, nor does she lament, knowing that she is not to form her contentment here, but in Heaven; in the same way, if joy, riches, pleasures, surround her, Faith raises her in God, and she says to herself: “Oh! how much more content and rich will I be in Heaven!”

So, these earthly things are a bother to her, she despises them, and tramples them underfoot. To a soul who lives of Faith, it happens as to a person who possessed millions upon millions of coins, and even entire kingdoms, and someone else wanted to offer him a penny. What would he say? Would he not disdain it? Would he not throw it in his face? And what if that penny were all muddy, just as earthly things are? Even more: what if that penny were only lent to him? Now, this person would say: “I enjoy and possess immense riches, and you dared to offer me this miserable penny, so muddy, and only for a short time?” He would immediately remove his gaze from it, and would not accept the gift. So does the soul who lives of Faith with regard to earthy things

By taking food, the body is not only sustained, but shares in the substance of the food, which is transformed with the body itself. The same for the soul who lives of Faith: since Faith is God Himself, the soul comes to live of God Himself; and by feeding herself with God Himself, she comes to share in the substance of God; and by sharing in Him, she comes to resemble Him and to be transformed with God Himself. Therefore, it happens to the soul who lives of Faith, that, just as God is holy, the soul is holy; powerful God - powerful the soul; wise, strong and just God - wise, strong and just the soul; and so with all the other attributes of God. In sum, the soul becomes a little god. Oh! the blessedness of this soul on earth, to then be more blessed in Heaven.

don Marco
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