Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will increase my faith in Christ by taking a risk for him in some aspect of my spiritual or apostolic life.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your power. I know that you are the Lord of all
history. I trust that you are guiding my life. Thank you for showing me that you will triumph. Thank
you for the triumph you have already achieved in my heart and in the hearts of so many people. I
want to allow you to have total control over my life.
Petition: Lord, increase my faith in you.
1. Too Much Familiarity:
The people of Nazareth thought they knew all about Jesus. He had grown up among them.
Apparently they had not seen anything extraordinary about him before he started his public ministry.
They thought he was just like everyone else. So when they hear that he is doing miracles and
teaching with authority, they do not believe it. Sometimes I also run the danger of putting limits
on Christ's power in my life. I see the unimpressive circumstances of my life and the recurrence of
the same old problems. I do not believe that Christ can do something supernatural in the midst of an
ordinary situation. Today I am receiving an invitation to step beyond the routine and believe more
deeply in the power of Christ.
2. An Unwelcome Prophet: The
solution to their deepest problems was in their own backyard. Yet, the people of Nazareth felt that
such a familiar figure could not bring anything extraordinary. When the Church sometimes challenges
me with some of her teachings ñ on charity, on family life, on the need to be a courageous witness
ñ, do I sometimes find excuses, like saying that my circumstances are too difficult, or the Church
does not understand my situation? Do I sometimes let the prophetic voice of the Church die in my
heart? When I feel challenged by the Gospel and by the Church I should be thankful. Christ is
inviting me to discover the deepest meaning of my life. He is giving me a chance to allow his
presence to make a deep change in my life. He is allowing me to discover him in faith and is taking
me beyond my comfort zone to the level of the coming of his Kingdom.
Miracle Worker in Waiting: What sort of miracles does Christ want to do in my life? Christ
has a plan to make my life a luminous witness to the power of his grace. He wants to fill my life
with his holiness and help me be a light for others. If I can shake off my superficiality and lack
of faith, I will discover the powerful presence of the Savior who helps me live each moment with
depth and love. He can do miracles in my life. He can help me live the virtues which are most costly
for me. Am I willing to take a risk for Christ and trust him totally?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I know you want to do great things in my life. Help me to see how
you can transform the ordinary, seemingly unimportant circumstances of my day into moments when your
grace triumphs. Enable me to be docile to your Holy Spirit, so he can do miracles in my
Resolution: I will increase my faith in Christ by taking a risk for him in some
aspect of my spiritual or apostolic life.