06 Dec Luke 5:20 (Visible Faith)
“When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: After reading the above verse from the Gospel, I reflected on whether or not Jesus could see my faith as He did the men who carried the paralytic on the stretcher. Despite the crowd (today’s culture) blocking their path to Christ, they were so persistent and focused on bringing the man to Jesus that they lowered him down from the roof. Is my faith visible to Christ, or do I get lost in the crowds (consumed by materialism, hedonism, selfishness, pride)? Is my faith strong enough for overcoming obstacles (illness, financial struggle, addiction) to stay focused on Christ, or do I allow my sin to cloud my faith? Lord, let my faith be full and visible to You and penetrate my thoughts and actions so that others may also see this faith and know You. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Is your faith in Christ visible to others?
Feast Day: St. Nicholas
Faith Quote: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
* 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.