Today’s Thoughts: “I do believe, help my unbelief!” In many ways, all of us look at ourselves as people of faith, people who have values and, in most cases, can say we are believers. Yet, perhaps like the man in today’s Gospel (Mark 9:14-29) we need help with our unbelief, we need help in those moment, those situations, those circumstances when it is hard to believe.
Belief at times can get away from us, our emotions, our feelings overrun us and cause us to doubt God’s presence in our life. Situations don’t go our way, the burden of all that life throws at us seems to overwhelm us and we let go of what is most important. We become part of a faithless generation.
Perhaps we might take our lead today from our first reading from the Letter from St. James (James 3:13-18). We need to cultivate Wisdom, but as St. James says the right kind of Wisdom, a Wisdom that pure, peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits. There is the wisdom of the world and there is the Wisdom of God. The Wisdom of God is the gift that can guide us through the struggles of unbelief. Wisdom can be the very presence of God that helps our unbelief.
Wisdom is the experience of life, the doing, seeing and listening of life that enables us to encounter the presence of God when we most need it. Wisdom can be found in every living thing and thus so can God. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit that we often recognize when we take the time to pray.
Let us be believers today and trust that God’s wisdom will always help us in our moments of unbelief!
Have a great Monday everyone.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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