Scripture: “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45).
Reflection: I believe this scripture points to the subject of long-term faith. We have faith when we feel hopeful and motivated, but what about when things take longer than we thought, or something turns out differently? Do we have the patience of a faith that lasts? Mary believed what the angel said and I’m sure her faith was strong when “the angel departed from her.” But she also had faith when she and Joseph had to make a long and treacherous journey to Bethlehem. Mary knew that when God calls us to do something, He will see us through it. God revealed a truth to her, a truth that would never be understood by the world, and she knew He would bring keep His word.
Questions: How long does my faith last? Have I given up on God? Am I willing to ask God to give me a mission, a new purpose for my life? Do I trust God to carry out His plan in me, or do I try to carry it alone?
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know my faith isn’t as strong as I would like it to be. Sometimes life really doesn’t make sense. I want to have a stronger faith. Not one that is fleeting and changing depending on my circumstances, but one that holds everything together. One that lasts. Real faith is in it for the long haul and produces results. Help me to look to you as my strength and my shield on my journey here on earth, and grant me the grace to follow you, to do your Will, and to live with you forever in Heaven. Amen.
Join us again tomorrow for another spiritual reflection. May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you.