Monday of the 6th week in ordinary time

James 1: 1-11       Mark 8: 11-13

Theme: Ask God in faith

In the 1st reading of today, St. James points out a very important fact in our journey of faith. It is important that when we make request from God, we must remove any form of doubt and do it with faith. When we allow doubt to come into any request we make from God, we are already placing ourselves in a disadvantaged position. That is why in whatever we do, we must trust in God, and there should be no room for any form of doubt. This is very important when we deal with God. Even when humanly speaking, it is as if it is a hopeless situation, don’t be discouraged, because when God is involved, everything is possible.

It is only for us as humans that can encounter a situation in our life, and we may say nothing is possible anymore, always remember that with God everything is possible. That is why we must take the admonition of St. James in todays 1st reading seriously. Jesus himself made it very clear that with faith everything is possible. That is why he said that if our faith is as small as a mustard see, we will give a command and it will happen. As children of God faith is a necessity in our daily life if we truly want to be a faithful follower of Christ. It is important that whenever we pray to God, we must do it in faith, and never give doubt a chance in any situation in our life, when we deal with God. Your faith in God will never fail or disappoint you, this is clear in the life of those who have faith in God.

In the gospel reading of St. Mark, we see the Pharisees seeking for a sign from Jesus just to test him. As usual Jesus used the opportunity to teach them. A generation that is looking for signs and wonders. The question today is, are we any different from the Pharisees? Are we also not searching for signs and wonders in our own time? Your guess is as good as mine. Let us take the admonition from our readings seriously today and do the needful in our lives. May the Lord grant us the grace to do that which is good and always pleasing to God, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.

Monday of the 6th week in ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp