Have Faith

06-27-2021Pastor's Letter© LPi

The author of The Cloud of Unknowing prays, “That which I am and the way that I am, with all my gifts of nature and grace, you have given to me, O Lord, and you are all this. I offer it all to you, principally to praise you and to help my fellow Christians and myself.” Knowing that God sustains us in being is the key to faith. All that we need to do is to love God as God is and the rest will begin to fall into place. God made us in His image and desires that we have life. God also desires that we be healed of all of our wounds, especially those caused by sin, and know his loving touch. Being weighed down by negativity, imperfections, the cares of the world, and weakness is not something that God desires.

Faith can profoundly change how we see God, ourselves, and one another. It gives a clearer lens through which to see life and connects us with the powerful virtues of love and hope. Three friends journeying with us through all that we encounter, faith, hope, and love, help us experience God’s embrace and heal us. All we have to do is let God be who God is and not foolishly try to make Him into what we need or want Him to be. Without God we cease to be. It’s that simple. The very blood that flows through my veins and the life that I have come directly from Divine origins. With this knowledge of who God is and who I am, I can open my ears and hear the powerful words Jesus speaks, “Do not be afraid, just have faith.” Trust begins.

When we are struggling, we naturally reach out for God because we know that a divine remedy is the only remedy. But, in doing so we wrestle with letting God take charge. We want something more miraculous and visible than the obvious and have difficulty in finding consolation simply resting in God’s presence. Our naked being, stripped of any pretense or self-serving agenda, is being called to rest in and love the uncreated Presence of God. Reach out in love to God. Ask God to heal you from all that separates you from Him. Put aside any ideas of God that create barriers between you and God’s tender and endearing presence. The Cloud of Unknowing leaves us with wisdom, “think of yourself and of him in the same way, that is, with the simple awareness that he is as he is and that you are as you are.” This is a meeting of two friends who desire nothing more than to share life together.

Marcos, ahora, nos lleva paso a paso, a ver los milagros de Jesús. En este caso son dos, el de la mujer que sufría de hemorragias, y la resurrección de la hija de Jairo, jefe de la sinagoga y responsable de la comunidad judía. Hoy, el Evangelio nos narra un doble acto de fe. Jesús se fue de camino a la casa de Jairo y de repente entre el gentío que lo apretujaba sucedió lo siguiente: “Se encontraba allí una mujer que padecía un derrame de sangre desde hacía doce años... la mujer pensaba: Si logro tocar, aunque solo sea su ropa, sanaré. Al momento cesó su hemorragia y sintió en su cuerpo que estaba sana” (Marcos 5:24-28). Enseguida viene el dialogo de preguntas y respuestas entre Jesús, sus discípulos y la mujer que responde asustada. A lo que Jesús le dice. “Hija, tu fe te ha salvado; vete en paz y queda sana de tu enfermedad” (Marcos 5:34).

Este episodio entretuvo a Jesús para llegar rápido a la casa de Jairo. Llegaron algunos de la casa del oficial y le dan la mala noticia de que su hija ya había muerto. Jesús, se hace el desentendido, como que no se da cuenta. Jesús, se dirige a Jairo y le dice no tengas miedo. Solamente ten fe. ¡Que poca cosa nos pide Jesús! Solamente tener fe, fe como un granito de mostaza. Y sucede, el milagro de la resurrección de la niña. Talitá kumi que quiere decir: ¡Nina, te digo, ¡levántate! “Vayamos hoy a casa con este ícono del Evangelio de hoy: el jefe de la sinagoga que se arroja ante Jesús, sin miedo de avergonzarse y hacer reír a otros. En juego estaba la vida de su hija” Papa Francisco. (Homilía, Santa Marta 04 de febrero 2014).