Saturday, February 18, 2017
(Hebrews 11:1-7; Mark 9:2-13)
There couldn’t be any other good conclusion of the creation and fall of man story better than this in Hebrew. To many, these stories have been fables but we need faith to get to understand the intention of the inspired author.
That is why the word faith runs through the first reading. Actually it appears ten times.
It talks about the faith of Biblical characters like Abel, Enoch and Noah. By their faith they came to know who God is, and by their faith they experienced His presence, and it was by their faith they did God’s will.
In the broadest sense of the word, faith can be said as believing in what cannot be seen and hoping in what cannot be fully explained.
In other words, faith is a gift from God to experience a mystery that is revealed and yet keeps revealing.
In the gospel, the disciples had their faith brought to another dimension when he is revealed to them in His Transfiguration.
But still they don’t understand how after being revealed to them as the Son of God He will suffer and die. These are hard things to understand. A man who have been performing miracles even raising people from dead that he can die? Thus call upon faith.
Let us give thanks to God and hold firm to our faith. With faith, we will be able to see beyond the ordinary to a mystery in which God reveals Himself and will keep revealing Himself to us.
Mother Mary had faith and believed in getting pregnant even without being touched by a man. Even in sciences, this is impossible but it happened. It is by faith sick people get cured. And in all Jesus’ miracles, the prerequisite was faith.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us