Do not be afraid; just have faith.

You will hear that line used in today’s Gospel.  I have made it a mantra of mine this past year.  What does that mean to me?  God is in complete control of my life, I trust Him completely.  I don’t know that I could explain any more than that.  I can almost pinpoint the day when I had my conversion and the light clicked in my head that God truly was the Master; Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light and the Holy Spirit is my Strength.  I was a junior in high school and my class was on their annual retreat.  We did a meditation late at night in the Chapel with Msgr. Telthorst guiding us through this meditation.  He started at the tip of our head (and worked all the way down through our toes) where we would make that part of our body as tense as possible and then let that tension go;  after we had worked all of the tensions out of our body, he then instructed us to go to our favorite place on earth…and then his voice was gone.  It was while I was “in that place” that Christ came to me, talked with me and spent time personally with me.  I’m not sure how long I spent with Him that evening, but I can tell you the experience was powerful enough that I still vividly recall that conversation, that time with Jesus to this day.

So where am I going with this?  Not just sometimes, but at all times you have to give yourself over to the Lord.  We see an examples of this in the Gospel this morning.  The woman afflicted with hemorrhages, who had the courage to just reach out and touch the cloak of our Savior.  What was so brave about that?  According to the rules established in Leviticus, she was unclean and all she touched became unclean too.  So for her to reach out and touch the Lord, by the law Christ was made unclean.  Not so.  We know the Jesus was the Law.  Let me revise that statement…Jesus is the Law.  He did not render her unclean but stated rather emphatically that is was her FAITH that saved her that day.  Her hemorrhaging stop and she became a full member of her society again.  She fully embraced the mantra “Be not afraid; just have faith.”

So the question you must consider now is…Are you afraid?  Do you lack the faith to trust in God completely?

Do something great for our Lord today – slowly recite your Creed that you profess every week.  It sums up our faith in one prayer; take that time to recommit to that profession.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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