Faith that Moves Rain Clouds
Monday of the First Week of Advent
Just before lunch, I will make a simple act of faith in Christ, that he is guiding and protecting me.
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 others.
2. I Am Not
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 Clouds:
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
Conversation with Christ:
Christ Jesus let me ask you for the faith that you
demand from me. I’m going to remember now to turn to you 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
Just before lunch, I will make a simple act of faith in Christ,
that he is guiding and protecting me.
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