Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lack of Faith

In last week's Gospel the people just could not get close enough to Jesus - they all wanted to be next to Him - to be healed - to feel God's love in their lives. One woman - who had been sick for twelve years - even dared to touch His garments - seeking a miracle. The Gospel was all about Faith - faith as shown by the synagogue official - Jairus - by the woman - by all pressing in on Jesus. 

Today it is just the opposite - in today's Gospel of Mark 6:1-6  in the last line we read - " He was amazed at their lack of faith."  What happened from everyone showing great faith - to no faith?  It all had to do with location. In business everyone knows that to succeed - you must be in the right location. In the Gospel - Jesus - went from the lake to His hometown - where he was met with a lot of questions and a bunch of skeptical people. Two groups of people - with two completely different perspectives. Faith and no faith.
Jesus challenges each of us daily to follow Him and walk the journey of life with Him. It is not an easy journey - it is not without its challenges - it requires a lot of strength - it takes faith. Faith in Jesus - faith in God - faith in other people - faith in yourself. At the end of the day you have to ask yourself - will you be more like the people in last week's Gospel or this week's - will you have faith or no faith?

Deacon Dale 

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