Increase Our Faith

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

We believe that small things have an impact on big things. For example, one misses the train and a chain reaction occurs in which one is late to the next appointment. Or one forgets to take his medicine and it is enough to worsen his sickness and send him to the hospital.

 

 

So, whatever is to be done, should be done thoroughly, otherwise problems arise. The power of the small things cannot be underestimated.

 

Jesus said that faith with the size of a mustard seed can move trees and mountains (Lk 17:6). He is telling us that even a small amount of faith can work wonders. How is this possible? Obviously, Jesus speaks figuratively. It is not a question of how much faith we have but rather how we are living the faith we already have. The Christian faith has been planted into our consciousness since our Baptism. If we cultivate this seed of faith by faithfully putting into practice God’s commandments, then this spiritual seed will grow into a big tree and bear good fruits -- love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control    (Gal 5:22-23).

 

The sacraments of the Church are like the mustard seed; the rituals may be a one-time event, like Baptism or Confirmation, or a small regular spiritual exercise, like Confession or Eucharistic celebration, but these liturgical ceremonies can have a greater impact when they are taken seriously and are consciously allowed to be part of our daily lives outside the church. The small act of being faithful to God’s simple commandments can make a community a better place. Small acts of faithfulness and trust can save relationships. Small acts of generosity can  save lives. The power of the small things we take for granted and ignore cannot be underestimated. Small things in men’s eyes can be big enough in God’s eyes.

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