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Monday, September 13, 2010

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St. John Chrysostom

1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33
Psalm 40:7-10, 17
Luke 7:1-10

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"Jesus showed amazement on hearing this, and turned to the crowd which was following Him to say, 'I tell you, I have never found so much faith among the Israelites.' " —Luke 7:9

Jesus complimented the centurion on his faith. The centurion expressed his faith by:

  1. believing that Jesus could heal from long-distance by just giving an order (Lk 7:7),
  2. believing the law and thereby respecting the Jewish law of not entering a Gentile's house (Lk 7:6),
  3. believing that God wanted him to love the Jewish people (see Lk 7:5), and
  4. believing God wanted him to build a synagogue for the Jews (see Lk 7:5).

The centurion shows that faith is not just a matter of doctrine. There is faith-healing, faith-respecting, faith-loving, faith-living, and faith-giving. Faith is not a thing which occasionally affects our lives. Because faith is an assurance based on our personal relationship with Jesus (see Heb 11:1), it should pervade every aspect of our lives. Our lives are to become lives of faith in the Son of God, Who loved us and gave His life for us (Gal 2:20). Faith is a way of life. It is the atmosphere in which we think, act, react, work, feel, and live. "All depends on faith" (Rm 4:16).

Prayer:  Father, may I walk, talk, and live by faith (2 Cor 5:7).

Promise:  "Every time, then, you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes!" —1 Cor 11:26

Praise:  St. John Chrysostom wrote "priests have received from God a power that He has given neither to angels nor to archangels," to forgive sins.

Reference:  (Fathers, take time to show your sons how important your faith is and how important their faith is to you. Come to the Father/Son retreat Oct. 1-2 and enjoy the beauty of God's creation in Adams County, Ohio. Call 937-587-5464 to register.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 8, 2010

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