Stand Firm in Faith
Have you ever had someone ask you where you get your knowledge of faith from? It's a good question right? In order to have a firm foundation of belief, we have to know what we believe, and be able to back up that belief, have the facts. Sitting down with children, you get the most wonderful answers when you ask them about their faith, about Jesus. You hear things from "he's my friend", to "I believe because my mom says I need to", and even "He healed millions of people". Now obviously, our beliefs are a little more firm and logical, using scripture and tradition to back us up, but there's something to the free and natural mind of a child when it comes to believing.
Today's Gospel states:'He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching'(Mark 6:1-6).
In today's Gospel, we hear how people are asking where Jesus gets his knowledge from. Now, we firmly say he was one with God, having a higher knowledge than an ordinary human, being free from sin. However, for the people around him, even his followers, people were skeptical. They wanted proof that what he was teaching was true, was the most good. Think about those conversations you've had with people who doubt your faith, they can be challenging. We need to try to go in with minds of children, ready to learn more, to grow, but also freely share ourselves with others, not afraid to be turned away. Take some time to ask God to help you face the challenge of revealing your faith to others.
Today's prayer comes from 'given life' a prayer for standing firm:
Lord, even when we are weary, help us to remember that we have hope in you. You are our present source of joy right now, in our current circumstances.
Help us to stay focused and to stand firm in victory. Our flesh may think of standing firm as thickening our skin and “fighting the good fight”, but Holy Spirit, help us to stand firm in your love and tenderness.
The world does not need our belligerence. Our hurting brothers and sisters of the world need tenacious love. They need us to be willing to lay down our lives; our comebacks; our frustrations, all of it at your feet, Jesus, rather than throwing it in their faces.
Holy Spirit, help us to stand firm in your joy, your satisfaction, your peace, and your love. Amen.