Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 11, A.D. 2001

Deuteronomy 6:4-13
Psalm 18:2-4,47,51
Matthew 17:14-20

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

If you have faith the size of a mustard seed....

Faith is a remarkable thing. Because it is a living thing, a thriving interior life, it is something that can surprise us.

Faith lives. Faith thrives in its own expression. When we take one small step in faith, faith can grow. The hard part is taking that step.

Reflecting on this passage, I recalled something Thomas Aquinas wrote: "A person can do only one thing entirely on his own--oppose the will of God." That is to say that even stepping out in faith requires the strength of the Holy Trinity. We cannot do it ourselves, and we should not berate ourselves when we fail.

Instead, gently and insistently, when we fail to depend upon God, we should turn to Him and say with Brother Lawrence, "See, this is the wretched state I am brought to when you are not there to help. Lord, help my weakness."

- JuandelaCruz, TOC

Lord God,
You called us to holiness
that can be measured
only by the fulness of Your love within us.
Empty us of self
and fill us with Your very life, Your love. Amen.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds

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