One of the lines in today's Gospel couldn't be a more fitting prayer for us:
"I believe, help my unbelief!"
It is the prayer of a father who brings his possessed son to be healed by Jesus.
We are all believers, yet we all struggle with unbelief. We want to be better believers, but how? We want to have the faith that everything is possible, but how? We want to hope against all hope, but how?
"Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves." (James 1:22)
We must act on what we're hearing! The Holy Spirit has brought us to this new place. The temptation is to ignore Him. To pretend we don't hear His voice and continue living as we are. To stay in our comfortable space and routines. To give to God on our terms. To be merciful when we feel like it. To love in the way we want to show love. To not get too "involved," "messy," or "lose control."
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command?" (Luke 6:46)
Thank you Holy Spirit! Thank you for this new Pentecost! You are stirring us up with your wisdom and speaking more loudly to our hard-of-hearing hearts! You are calling us to act. To do what you have commanded us. To focus on the work that is specific for each one of our lives. You are asking us to put aside the self-serving busy work. And to do the glorifying-God sanctifying work. You are asking us to give you everything.
"Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel." (Jeremiah 10:1)
We hear you Lord and we respond yes. We want to do what you command. We want to live the life you have called us to. We believe, help our unbelief. We pray, help our distracted prayer. We love, help our lack of love. We forgive, help our conditional forgiveness. We are striving for holiness, help our sinfulness.
May we surrender more fully to the will of God and live with the faith that: "Everything is possible to the one who has faith." (Mark 9:23)
“You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux