It never feels like we have enough faith. It always feels like it’s a mustard seed, and not enough. However that is enough, if we act on it God will provide. Let us not be discouraged by what seems like small faith. If we all acted on the little faith we have, it would be enough to do the impossible. God wants to increase our faith, and our hope, for this he has given us his love. So let us pray that God increases our faith, hope, and love.
Sometimes we think of caring for the poor as an option that is good to do. Today’s readings show that it is not an option it’s a command that God takes very seriously, and can be the difference between heaven and hell. But on a more positive note it’s an opportunity to serve the poor and suffering incarnate Christ.
It’s really true Jesus is giving us the secret to be rich. We become rich by following his example; pour ourselves out for others in humility and poverty trusting in God who becomes our power our strength and our wealth. His power strength and wealth is greater than that of any human riches.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with others and feeling that we are not as blessed, or that we work harder, or be jealous of them, or angry at them. But when this happens it’s helpful to recognize these feelings are just a sign that we are not fully aware of all that God has really blessed us with in Christ Jesus. Praying for the grace to recognize what God has done for us helps us to see our lives, the lives of others, in the world much differently.
How can Jesus really ask us to give up everything to follow him? And if he really does ask that, why do people do it? Well it is explainable; what God gives us in return is so much greater than anything in this world. Also listen to a the story of a man who died and encountered the infinite love of God‘s embrace.
The world today sometimes gets humility wrong. It is possible to be humble and proud confident and successful, if we properly understand humility. Being humble is to recognize we are God‘s creation, and our strength comes from Him and all we do serves Him and gives Him glory. The more humble we become the more God works through us and the greater good we can do!