In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
If only we could have faith like this: to believe so deeply and fully that all we wanted was right at our fingertips…all we would need to do is ask and believe with NO doubts!
Our kids would always be well-behaved, succeed at school, sports, the arts, or anything else we wished; we would have plenty of time and money, successful relationships, no more worries about work, finances, the car breaking down, or someone getting sick…
If only we could have such faith as Jesus speaks of in today’s Gospel, we would be living in a utopic paradise!!!
Or would we???
When we find ourselves thinking it would be great to get all we wanted, it would be good for us to remember the well-worn saying “Watch out what you wish for, you may just get it!”
There are times in my life where I got exactly what I prayed for, and it seldom worked out well; often getting what I thought I wanted led to broken relationships and loss, as I found out the hard way that getting what I wanted was not always good for me.
For me, it took much more faith to learn to pray for God’s Will and Not mine to be done…to truly operate on the faith that God knows what is best for me…whereas I often do not. This became even more evident as I became a single parent.
Being a single parent takes a lot of strength and effort, and at times it would be great to simply received whatever we wished for, like a child making a list for Santa Claus at Christmas…and while Christmas morning can be fun, by New Years’ the joy has worn off, many toys have been broken, and some have even turned out to be disappointing, and the, before long, the gifts we were given are not enough and we start to want more…rather than be happy for what we already have.
Thinking about it this way, maybe it is good we don’t have faith as Jesus described it, and that we do have some doubts…doubts that keep turning us back to Christ, and our reliance on the power of God’s Grace in our lives, and the love that is shared with our children, family and friends…doubts that keep us coming back to renew our faith, by exploring its limits and sharing it with others, thus allowing it to grow.
We have enough faith, to see us through, to have trust in God, and belief that God really does know what is best for us and our children, and sees that we are all loved and protected as His children.
Let us Pray
God, thank you for doubts that allow us to renew our faith on a daily basis, and that prevent us from getting everything we’ve ever wanted! Please let us remember that are always with us, and know what is best for our lives and the lives of our children. Help us to continue to seek and do your Will in faith, by turning our lives and our children over to your loving care.