Father Philip Writes...
But who did Jesus come for? He came for sinners and changed people’s understanding of God. God is not someone who shuns sinners but wants them to be saved and given a new start. Paul and Peter eventually accepted God’s invitation and this is the paradox: strength comes from weakness. When we answer God’s call he empowers us with the Holy Spirit so we can do things we never thought possible. “There are no impossible situations – only those who have become impossible about them.”
He never forces us to change but invites us to open our hearts to his power. The question is:
He then asked for a volunteer to sit in the barrow. At that point people were less keen, but one woman agreed, got into the wheelbarrow and put herself in his hands. Both made the crossing safely. That was TRUSTING FAITH.
We need to go a step further to VISIONARY FAITH which sees opportunities beyond problems. Mother Teresa looked at poverty in Calcutta and her visionary faith showed there was opportunity to do something beautiful for God. Many would have said the problem was so hard that nothing could be done.
We then move on to EXPECTANT FAITH. There is an old cynical saying: “Blessed are those who expect nothing: they shall not be disappointed” Those who make that their motto will never go far in faith, for there is no sign of expectancy. Jesus said,
Faith itself does not heal, but faith releases the power of God already present and provides a channel through which healing energies may flow.