06 Jun John 16:31 (Do You Believe Now?)
“Jesus answered them, ‘Do you believe now?'” John 16:31 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Every week at church I profess my faith with all of the other parishioners by reciting the Creed. In the Gospel today, Jesus’ disciples professed their faith by stating: “We believe that You came from God” (John 16:30). Jesus then challenged them by asking: “Do you believe now?” (John 16:31). I wonder what the apostles felt after Jesus’ response. Did He shake their faith? When we profess our faith, does Jesus respond “Amen”…or “Really?” Do we mean what we say or are we self-deceived? Jesus knows our hearts and our minds, but others may not. Every day, our actions should profess our faith in Jesus Christ and not make our faith questionable. Holy Spirit, produce in me the fruit of faith. May my faith, not my lack of faith, evoke questions from those who know me. Amen.
Faith Challenge: When you profess your faith, does Jesus respond “Amen”…or Really?”
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Norbert
Faith Quote: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” ~ C. S. Lewis
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.