From the Hermitage
In the first two readings we are reminded that faith is a practice that is not always easy or quickly achieved. Faith is like any seed or young plant that we place in the soil: it needs attention and care. Faith is not something we can take for granted. We must work at strengthening it especially in the culture that surrounds us today.
Most people today encounter challenges at home, at work, with family, with friends, with colleagues, yes, even with our Church and her Pastors! When those moments of anxiety develop, it is very easy to lose that relationship with God - Father, Son or Holy Spirit. How many people have found their faith tested in the last few weeks with the downing of a passenger plane, the disappearance of another plane this morning. As well when we listen to those who lives are challenges by illness or poverty, some people will turn from God, questioning is promised support.
Remember this: faith is your relationship with God. In a society such as ours, we must remind ourselves that we cannot always have life the way we want it. These experiences or moments demand of us another trip to the spiritual exercises. We need to make sure we turn to our personal trainer, Jesus, or a favorite saint who can intercede for us with our God. We must remember faith is not something we always have in our wallet or purse. We must work at strengthening that relationship with God.
Oremus pro invicem.