Yesterday Larry and I went to the first of 6 RCIA classes. I wanted to know more about my faith. Larry wanted to know more so that he might more fully participate in the faith. I have prayed for this. One thing that I thought I would do is answer the questions which the brochures we were given ask of us.
1. Write down things that you have faith in: God exists; the sun will rise tomorrow; all humans have a limited lifespan including me; my parents loved me; God loves me as shown through the life and sacrifice of Jesus; God hears my prayers;
2. What does the Bible tell us about faith?
1 Peter 1;7–so that the genuineness of your faith – being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Mark 9:23 – Jesus said to him: “If you are able! All things can be done for the one who has faith. ”
Matthew 17:20 – He said to them: “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 21:22 – “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”
Galatians 3:26-28 – for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothes yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
1 Peter 1:9 – for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 John 5:4 – for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
How do we break out of fear, mistrust, and lack of faith? Think of something that you’re trying very hard to control in your life. It could be a person, a situation, anything. – I have thought about the relationships with the leadership group at Bible study. Kim was the hardest person because I thought of her as so strong-willed and who had a facility with language. Then last summer she signed up for the Adoration hour ahead of mine. Every time I went to the chapel, she was there. I had to look at the back of her head, see her smile at me when she left. I finally realized that God placed her there to make me come to terms with it. I had to love her maybe even like her, at least change my attitude to her, in order to move forward in my love for God. When I realized the God had placed her there, it was easier to forgive, to get past the stumbling block I had placed between us.
Now think of one small thing about this situation that you can give up and turn over to God – I give God the credit for making the relationship easier, for making me see what He wants and be willing to be obedient to Him. Maybe my relationship with the Stramecki’s could be done the same. I had hoped a couple of months ago to not contact them again, I was so hurt by what Ted said. I give that relationship to God. Please help me to let go of my need to control what happens. Let them be who they are, thought it angers me, and let God take care of bringing them back to the faith, if that is what He wants. Let go of my need to have the relationship that I thought we had before.
What do you need to have more faith in? – I need more faith in God, that He will help me with my problems, that He will help me grow closer to Him. I need to relinquish control of situations with others and let God do His work.
What would happen in your life if you did believe more? – Relationships would be less stressful. I wouldn’t worry so much about how things are going or if I am doing what I need to do. Maybe I wouldn’t need to judge others motives. I could just accept compliments as being true.
What does your lifestyle say about what you believe? – I have been married a long time. That shows that I place value in the relationship. I attend Mass every week, and sometimes daily Mass and I go to Confession and Communion often. That shows that I want to grow in my faith. I give to support the Church and charitable organizations. That shows that I want to do good as Jesus taught. I read the Bible, spend time in Adoration, study and pray. That shows I am serious about my faith.