"For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
Faith is love. It is the answer to all our prayers. When Love and Faith work together, we can see miracles happening. Love also is not just sharing the same faith but the happiness and pain as well.
St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
In the gospel of Matthew (15:27), we see how the gentile lady tells Jesus that dogs even eat the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table. Her faith wins over Jesus and in His compassion, He cures her daughter.
Jesus also heals the Roman Officer’s servant whose faith and love in Jesus was so strong that he was convinced that Jesus only had to say the word and his servant would be healed, without even coming to his place. The Lord always had a kind word and a listening ear where the sick and afflicted were concerned and His healing touch had the power and potential to turn their lives around.
Faith is thus justified by the works that we perform. Without works, faith is empty and meaningless. St. James has depicted this powerful statement in his letter (2:14-26) where he points out that what good would it be to profess our well wishes for someone who is suffering if we do not make an effort on our part to help them, such a faith would be presumably an empty faith. For as the body without the spirit is of no use, so faith without works is non existent.
Similarly, an austere word can mar a relationship to a great extent and once the bitter words are spoken, there is no room left for any more words to be said. I wonder if the same words were repeated to those who utter them, how would they feel? Perhaps only then the humiliation of the subjected person would be understood and how difficult it is to go through the same pain time and again.
We can seek solace in the words of Isaiah 50: 5-7; “For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I did not cover my face against insult. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.”
It is only the Lord who stands with us in times of distress when the world deserts us; as we read in Deuteronomy 31:6; "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."
Happiness is somehow always short-lived. It is only faith that can resurrect happiness. The question is where do we stand in our faith? Do we stand with the crowd to test or do we stand with the cross to redeem? It is time for us to recharge, revive and jumpstart our faith to a higher heavenly domain.
Let us also ensure that we give the faith dwelling within us a chance to shine along with love through our deeds to the world at large.