Monday of Holy WeekReflection
How many can truly claim they have faith? Not the appearance of faith that is seen certain times of the year when going to Mass is fashionable. Not the showy faith of those who claim time and again to be doing God’s will and serving God’s people when they in reality are only taking advantage of the less fortunate as Judas does for a quick buck. Not the faith that needs words. How many can claim that they have the type of faith that rests in the quiet heart, the heart that bleeds for wounds it does not receive? The faith that asks us to leave the comforts of our homes without the promise of return. The faith that asks us to be just, even when injustice is piled against us. The faith that would motivate us to spend a year’s worth of pay just to wash the feet of a dying man.
Faith is a calling. A calling out of our homes. A calling away from all comforts. A calling to be cold. Alone. Scared. Hungry. Hated. Loved. Faith is not simple. It is not enough to say that you believe in this and not that, but to put your trust in the things which you believe in. It does not require perfection. One need not be perfect to have faith, but by faith are we made perfect.
PrayerLord, let the light of Your love shine through us, that evil may find no resting place in our souls, and that we may find no hiding place from true faith in You. Amen.
Shawn Ward, ’15
ScriptureFirst Reading: Isaiah 42:1-7
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14
Gospel: John 12:1-11
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website