The Mercy of Jesus
Oswald Chambers in Run Today’s Race says: “Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace.”
Jesus in today’s gospel offers healing from afflictions to all who seek, desire and listen to Him and hunger for Him. In faith they press upon Jesus in order to touch Him. And as they do so power come from Jesus and they are healed.
We believe that Jesus is the source of all that is good and healing. We trust that He will give us the grace necessary to do God’s will. We love Him and inspire to love others because of His love for us.
Based on the teachings of St. Paul (1Cor 13:13), the Catechism of the Catholic Church said that there are three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity which are the foundation of Christian moral activity and infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as His children and of meriting eternal life. Jesus teaches us these virtues as it is shown in today’s gospel. First is the virtue of faith. Faith is we believe in God in all what He said and revealed to us because He is truth itself. In today’s gospel, many follow Christ because they believe in Him; they “heard what he is doing”; witness His cures and healings. But no one seek Him without at least the beginnings of faith. The more they followed, the more that faith grew. The very pursuit of Christ in prayer increases faith. When I feel nothing in prayer, when there is little consolation, then I must embrace the opportunity to grow in faith.
Second is the virtue of hope. Hope is our desire of the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, trust in Christ’s promises and relies on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. A big crowd of people follow Christ. Many are cured by Him and so they are pressing upon Him. They all bring the hope of healing; reaching Christ change their lives and those with diseases must have swelled with intense hope as they try to touch Him. When we approach communion how much hope do we bring with us? This is the same Christ. And we are all aware of our many spiritual weaknesses and sin. He wants to heal us, this is our hope.
Third is the virtue of charity. Charity means we love God above all things for His own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. In today’s gospel, the healings, the multitudes and even Jesus’ withdrawing in order to delay capture by His enemies, point to the motive of his ministry. Love compels Him to receive endless multitudes of people, even using a boat to stay with them. What is our experience of His love? Love engenders love. Contemplate the multitudes of people who have been touched by the sacramental love of God. They begin to see everything in a new way. How their gratitude and love for God must have kept them there in adoration contemplating Christ’s face.
Believe in Jesus and watch a miracle happen in your life!