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His mercy will lead us to grow in faith
Faith is strengthened through signs. When we experience these signs our faith is deepened. While we look for tangible signs we recall the Lord’s words, ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
By Bishop John Rodrigues
Relying on persons for various aspects of our life helps us to live in society. However, placing my faith in God is not just being assured about one area of my life, but about the whole of my life with all its dimensions. Faith involves trusting completely in God.
Faith is a personal experience. Thomas refused to believe till he was personally convinced and then exclaimed, “My Lord and my God.” At the same time faith is communitarian. We come to know God through others. The disciples strengthen each other in faith.
Faith is expressed in words but it must also be seen in action. The early Christians lived what they professed. So great was their sharing that there was not a needy person in their midst. We trust in Jesus and also follow in his footsteps, living according to his teaching and imbibing his values.
Faith is strengthened through signs. When we experience these signs our faith is deepened. While we look for tangible signs we recall the Lord’s words, ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ We like to understand fully with reasons before we agree to something. Yet, often the Lord invites us to commit ourselves and then gradually we begin see the reasons with the light of faith.
We trust in the tender mercy of our God. We rely on him when we are weighed down and when we are glad. The Easter season is a time of celebrating our faith. We believe that his mercy will lead us to grow in faith. May what we profess in words flow from our personal conviction and may we, like the community of disciples described in the Acts of the Apostles, be aglow with the Spirit.
(Bishop John Rodrigues is the Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Bombay)
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