The Homily of Father Jose
June 20, 2021 - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gift of Faith
Jesus asked “Do you not yet have faith?” With one word He calmed both the wind and the sea. The disciples were very happy but still lacked the faith in Him asking “Who then is this whom even the wind and sea obey?”
Faith is “a personal adherence of man to God” at the same time it is “a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed” (CCC150). God loves us and reveals the truth about Himself so that we may, through faith, come to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this life, and be happy with Him forever in Heaven.
Faith in God and in His revealed truth is very important to obtain Heaven. “Faith is a grace, a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by Him.” (CC153). “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.” (CCC155).
Because faith is a gift, it requires the submission of our mind and will. Our pride and enjoyment of sensual pleasure darkened our intellect and weakened our will, which effectively prevented us from accepting the Gospel.
Our faith in Christ is the foundation for our life in God and the basis for our hope in eternal life in the Kingdom (CCC161). We have to pray to God to deepen our faith. Our Blessed Mother is the model of faith. Let us ask her intercession to have a deeper faith.