Capsule for the Day
Deep within each and everyone of us there is a yearning to respond to God. However, our responses differ. While many of us respond with a yes, some respond with a no and others are indifferent. Faith is simply our response to God, in all His mystery, in all His revelation and in all His power which is at once scary and at the same time fascinating.
Matthew 9:1-8 reveals these diverse responses. The friends of the paralytic were fascinated by, and drawn to the power of Christ. They responded to Christ's presence by bringing the paralytic to Him. But the Scribes responded by questioning, rejecting His power. Thus, they missed the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God. They missed Christ.
Faith is a yes response to God. It is a response that matters. It defines and changes everything. It changes the way we respond God's Word. It also changes how we pray. In verse 8, Matthew said, "A feeling of awe came over the crowd when they saw this, and they praised God for giving such power to men". The power that confirms our faith.
Fr. Francis Afu