Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
In his letter to the Ephesians 5:8-14 St. Paul encourages us to live as the children of light. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to live our daily life like Jesus did, fulfilling God’s will not our own will. However, living as the children of light and staying in the light always can be very challenging due to our weaknesses. It calls for faith, a strong faith in God.
Faith is a gift from God and it cannot be defined merely as a thing. We usually ask God to increase our faith, especially when we are challenged in order that we may accept and face those challenges. But how can God increase our faith? Since God is omnipotent He can indeed increase our faith but how can we measure it?
Once was l advised by my spiritual director to meditate on the difference between ‘having faith’ and having ‘a living faith.’ Having faith can be defined as knowing or learning about what to believe for example, the Creed. We can recite the Creed many times a day but if it remains only in our head, there will be no growth at all. On the contrary, having a living faith means we strive to live out the faith with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The greatest difference between these two would be who the guiding source is, God or we. Then how can we put God in our center and let Him be our light? This is possible only through prayer. If we only have faith, we only pray to God when we are in need of Him. However, if we strive to live the faith that we confess, we would be more aware of the presence of God and pray to Him all the time.
As we are celebrating the fourth Sunday of Lent, we may need to reflect on how we have been living out our faith, carefully. Having a living faith requires the openness of heart, not just the development of the mind to know about the faith. Easter is approaching very quickly. Through the struggles of our daily living to accept others as they are, may we anticipate the joy of Easter.
Sr. Jeanne d’Arc Cho CPS