Do you enter the Church as a house of prayer? So often we show up for mass last minute, frazzled by everyday stress, a busy lifestyle, juggling jobs and family. It can be hard to manage everything, while keep an attentive mind at mass. However, when you're juggling jobs and family, do you not put in your best effort? You put in the time and give it everything you have. Why is it not the same thought process for attending mass, living a faithful lifestyle? If we work on our faith each and every day, we grow more in our everyday lifestyle as well, giving it all and doing our best because we're hopeful, because the joy God has given to us can be replicated through us. Do you work hard at maintaining a faith lifestyle?
Today's Gospel states:'And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it. And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons; and he would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple. And he taught, and said to them, "Is it not written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers." And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and sought a way to destroy him; for they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching. And when evening came they went out of the city. As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, "Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered." And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses"'(Mark 11:11-26).
In today's Gospel, we hear about how we need to be faithful people, believing in heart and mind, that we are God's children, with purpose. Think about the lives the disciples led, devoted completely to following Jesus, living lives with faith and hope at the centre? What kind of lifestyle do you lead? Is it one of prayer and living as a leader in faith at the centre, or is your faith kept in a box, only returned to when it's time for mass? Take some time to ask God to help make faith the centre of your life.
Today's prayer comes from'Catholic Online' a prayer of faith:
Lord, I believe: I wish to believe in Thee. Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved, and let it penetrate my thought, my way of judging Divine things and human things. Lord, let my faith be joyful and give peace and gladness to my spirit, and dispose it for prayer with God and conversation with men, so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation. Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, and not have any better guarantee than in docility to Tradition and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church. Amen.