Faith that Moves Rain Clouds
I will make a simple act of faith in Christ
by Father John Doyle, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord Jesus I place myself before you with great
confidence, sure of your desire to spend this time with me and accompany me throughout the day. I am
grateful for your unconditional and unfailing love. I humbly offer you my desire to love you more
and serve you more faithfully.
Lord help me to have a profound
and yet childlike faith in you.
1. I Will Come and Cure Him:
Jesus has a heart
that is prompt in serving those in need. Doubtless Christ had other plans when he arrived to
Capernaum, plans that didn’t include making another trip to cure the slave of a foreigner. Often we
can find ourselves in similar situations in our daily life. We are just about to relax after a
grueling day when the phone rings or a little voice asks for help with his or her homework. It is in
those moments that Jesus is inviting us to imitate his example of service. Turn the tables around
for just a moment. How many times have I been the one on the other side asking for a little of
someone else’s time? Ask Jesus for the grace to be flexible and always available to the needs of
2. I Am Not Worthy:
The centurion has a profound awareness of his own
unworthiness and this is key to his finding favor with Jesus. At times we pray as if we deserved
God’s favor, but here the centurion recognizes that he is unworthy that Jesus should come to him. So
great was this man’s faith and humility that we use his words to express our own sentiments before
receiving Jesus in Holy Communion: “Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but
only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” As we continue to prepare for Christ’s coming during
the Advent season, let’s make these words of the centurion our own.
3. Faith Moves Rain
If it can be said that Jesus had a weakness for something, it would seem that
Christ’s “weakness” showed itself when he perceived faith in others. He never worked a miracle
without first demanding faith from the one to receive it, and he never refused anyone who asked
anything from him with faith. Jesus says that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can
move mountains. Although I personally have never seen anyone move mountains, I surely have seen
prayer move smaller things, like rain clouds for instance. If you need mountains, rain clouds or
anything else to be moved, ask for it with faith, and you will really touch Jesus’ weak spot. Direct
your prayer of petition to Our Lord with confident faith and love for his will. He really listens
and he can move whatever needs to be moved.
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus let me ask you for the faith that you demand
from me. I’m going to remember now to turn to
with my concerns, no matter how small, knowing you’re
accompanying me, and wish to help
and guide me. In return,
help me to recognize you in those who seek my aid and
give me the
generosity to answer promptly and graciously in imitation of you.
Just before lunch, I will make a simple act of faith in Christ, that he is guiding and
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