Matthew 13: 10-17.
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Today, I will strive to see people, actions and events from the viewpoint of faith.
Lord, my prayer will
"work" only if I have humility in your presence. So I am approaching you with meekness and humility
of heart. I have an infinite need for you and your grace. Thinking about this helps me grow in
humility. I trust in you and your grace. Thank you for the unfathomable gift of your
Increase my faith, hope and love, Lord.
1. Faith, Hope
and Love Remain:
What does the Lord mean when he says that "to anyone who has, more will be
given and he will grow rich" or that "from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away"?
He is referring to spiritual goods rather than material ones. Grace, faith, hope and love are all
spiritual goods. To anyone who has them, more will be given. When you exercise your faith, your hope
and your love, they increase in your soul. The result? You grow rich in grace. When you do not
exercise your faith, hope and love, you lose all because the material world is passing away. As St
Paul teaches us, "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit
incorruption" (1 Corinthians 15:80). And in another passage: "So faith, hope and love remain" (1
2. Seeing with New Eyes:
"You shall indeed hear but not
understand; you shall indeed look but never see." We can view the world in a natural way or in a
supernatural way. Faith, hope and love allow us to view the world supernaturally. A natural way of
seeing things limits us in a thousand ways, because the natural universe is limited, passing and
temporary. The supernatural world seen through faith is unlimited, coming to fulfillment and lasting
forever. Without faith we will hear but not understand, look intently but never see.
Only when we fight to imitate Christ do we truly understand these words:
"Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear." This may be hard to
understand, but it is so. To know Jesus, it is necessary to be like him. The moment we begin to
fight for love of him we begin to be like him, and thus we begin to know him. To have a heart like
Jesus' it is necessary to fight and suffer – to fight and suffer without cowardice, without taking
time out and without discouragement.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, grant me the
grace to fight with a spirit of faith, hope and love. I want to increase in these virtues and begin
to see the world with your eyes – the eyes of the new man or woman in Christ. With you my future is
always brighter than my past, filled with more hope and greater
Today, I will strive to see people, actions and events from
the viewpoint of faith.