February 12, 2018/ Monday
Gospel: Mark 8:11-13
“Why does this generation seek a sign?”
It is a common belief among us to look for a sign, a symbol of hope that the answer to our problem is at hand, or a symbol of doom, a superstition connoting a bad thing will happen like a black cat or a butterfly inside the house (omen for death)....
I personally used to believe that when I see white roses, or receive one, my prayer will be answered. Is this how our faith is proven? Our belief in the Lord strengthened by a physical sign? Wow how shallow! When our prayers are not answered, do we feel like the Lord let us down? These are but humps and detours, temporary at that, which pushes us, challenges us to be more persevering.
What are your moments of unbelief? Why do you turn away from Him during these moments of weakness? Pride? Feeling lost and confused? Discouraged? Doubtful?
The only sign we need is the peace that deep faith produces in us, no matter the outcome of our prayer. In our moments of weakness, “for you, Lord, are my strength.” Knowing and believing in Him, will ultimately give us joy even in moments of sadness.
Mama Mary, help us to be like you, our model of quiet strength, and belief in the Lord.
Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.