There is a cost to following the Lord: sometimes we must endure the hardship of hate in this world and contend with forces that would seek to destroy the goodness in our lives. Yet we do not stand alone; Jesus Christ gives us the strength we need to face this hardship with the power of his grace.
Philip’s desire to “see the Father” reminds us that even though the apostles walked with the Son, they longed to see the face of God the Father. Seeing isn’t believing; it’s only seeing. May our relationship with Christ grow stronger each day as we seek to follow the Lord as we journey through life.
Trusting in God is one of those phrases that comes quick to the tongue but can be hard to say when confronted with disaster. Yet this is exactly why Jesus came! In the struggles and challenges of this world we look to the one who is the way, the truth and the life – so that we can face what comes before us as we make our way to Heaven.
Who taught you about Jesus? Who strengthened and fostered your faith? This gift we have been received is not just for our own use…it must be passed on. Which begs the obvious question: Who has God placed in your life today, and how can you share your faith?
As the disciples moved from doubt to bold belief, we see the process that often accompanies our transformation in faith. We need time to understand, integrate and apply God’s grace to our lives; may this Easter season help us to proclaim the Good News with boldness!
Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego faced the fiery furnace with their faith in God. Their example reveals the strength and conviction that come when God’s word dwells in our hearts and directs our lives. May this holy fire of faith burn in our hearts!
The faith expressed by the woman in the Gospel today was simple and direct…and because of this her child was healed. May her example inspire us to take the gift of faith we have been given and engage our lives with the power and insight of Jesus Christ.