THE GIFT OF FAITH: A HOMILY ON SATURDAY, SECOND WEEK OF EASTER
This period is a very good time to develope an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. Among the Blessed Trinity, I consider the Holy Spirit the treasurer. Fr. Francis Martin calls Him ‘Treasurer of all that is good’. He comes to us with so many spiritual gifts to help us in relation to God and in relation to one another. One important gift He gives us is the gift of faith. We cannot develope a relationship with God without faith.
In the first reading, we see people fighting over food and how it is distributed. This is a sign of lack of faith. We worry a lot because we lack faith. Then Stephen and six other men were chosen as deacons, to help in the distribution of food, so that the apostles can focus on preaching the Word. The criteria for choosing them was that they are men of faith and full of the Holy Spirit. It is the same Holy Spirit that gives the gift of the theological virtue of faith. Faith is a confident trust in God as is expressed in the Responsorial Psalm of today. There we are told that the word of the Lord is faithful and all his works to be trusted.
In the Gospel, the disciples were faced with darkness, strong wind and a rough see, and we are told that Jesus was not with them. They saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming towards them and they became frightened. We can be frightened even of the good things that come to us. Jesus told them not to be afraid and they reached their destination miraculously faster than usual. We also face darkness and wind and storm. In the midst of life’s problems we can lack faith and we can fail to see Jesus coming towards us. We can celebrate fear as if it is something desirable. Sometimes I can tell someone not to be afraid and they insist they want to be afraid. Faith gives us the confident trust in God that will enable us to face whatever life throws at us. As we continue to pray for the treasures the Holy Spirit brings with Him, let us not forget to as for faith. God is looking for men and women who are full of the Holy Spirit and full of Faith.