Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Heb. 11:1-2, 8-19 | Ps. Lk. 1:69-75 | Mk. 4:35-41

Today’s readings awaken us to the meaning of faith.  The letter to the Hebrews speaks about the faith of our ancestors.  It points out the faith of Abraham who was called to leave his home and journey to a new land.  Abraham believed God’s promises and traveled not knowing before  where he was going.  Only after he arrived, did God reveal the place to him.  Again, Abraham believed when he was told that he would have a son and that his descendants would be as numerous as the sand on the seashore.  He believed this despite the fact that he was old and his wife, Sarah, was barren.  Finally, Abraham believed in God even when he was asked to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.  The Gospel relates the story of the storm at sea.  The apostles are frightened out of their minds and wake Jesus who is asleep at the stern.  Jesus’ asks them: “Why are you afraid?  Have you still no faith?”  We are called to look at the quality of our faith.  Do we place a deep seated faith in God’s abiding care for us?  Do we waver when things seem impossible or beyond our control?

Take time to be with the apostles in the boat or with Abraham as he travels through the desert.  Ask them to help you come to realize that God is always with you and will never abandon you.  Ask God for the deep faith you need to walk each day with Him.

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