A life of faith isn't meant to be easy, or even completely understood. It's a day by day process, that even the eldest of people still cannot understand, for only one who is with God completely, can understand anything about life. I had someone say to me the other day that my faith life seems like a lot of work, as if the effort needed could sway my decision for being a Catholic, not only at mass, and retreat weekends, but in my daily life. Many people see the church as a place filled with rules, and truth be told, yes, there are rules. However, it's the meaning behind these rules and morals and the devotion you show in doing them that matters, and reflects in your everyday life. God sent us Jesus, His Son, to show us that we need to be present in our faith in everything we do, work, home, a hefty argument with the store owner, in everything.
Today's Gospel states:'"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet'(Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46).
In today's Gospel, we hear how the servants are hurt, disrespected, even killed, looking at martyrdom and Sainthood. When the Son is sent, it's Jesus himself, disrespected, so many ignore him, and they turn away and put him on the cross. Now, Jesus is the highest within our faith. Faith is misunderstood, we think we know best, and we really don't have a clue. God sends us messengers, gives us scripture, and even sends us out to be disciples. Maybe the best we can do is let God show us how we can act in our world. Take some time to ask Gd to show us the way to His will.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer for 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
but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit,
and not have any better guarantee than in docility to
and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church.