May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say.
Finally, brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread quickly, and be received with honour as it was among you; and pray that we may be preserved from the interference of bigoted and evil people, for faith is not given to everyone. But the Lord is faithful, and he will give you strength and guard you from the evil one, and we, in the Lord, have every confidence that you are doing and will go on doing all that we tell you. May the Lord turn your hearts towards the love of God and the fortitude of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 32nd in Ordinary Time reminds us that faith is gift. It is God’s gift to us, and seemingly it is not a gift given to everyone.
Even those who know themselves given the gift of faith may find it difficult to hold on to and live from. We can be tempted from it. We may find its challenge too demanding. We may simply take it for granted and allow faith, in consequence, to just drain away becoming in time only and merely a dessicated religiosity.
Faith is a gift, but a gift that we are invited to live to. Faith is the quality of life that keeps us healthily related to God and turned in love to our neighbour.
- What about your faith consoles you and what challenges you?
Faith. St Peter and St Paul, Wisbech. (c) 2016, Allen Morris