Today is Friday First February, in the third week of Ordinary time.
The King’s Singers sing Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis. ‘I have never put my hope in any other but in you’.As I begin this time of prayer today, can I speak those words to God? Can I place all my hope, all my trust, all my faith in him?
Today’s reading is from the letter to the Hebrews.
Talking about faith often leaves people perplexed. We are not sure exactly what it is or what it’s supposed to be. The biblical picture of faith is strong and vivid. It’s not about believing a set of propositions; it is a certain kind of confidence. It’s about knowing what really counts and what is less important.
The author of the letter to the Hebrews takes great delight in this gift of confidence. It seems to give him phenomenal strength. Ask yourself where you have seen this confidence at work in others... Do you want it for yourself?
It’s easy to become despondent if we are aware of our lack of faith. But that is to reject the gift of confidence in God offered this very moment. As you hear the reading again, hear the words spoken directly to you: “we are not among those who shrink back”... allow yourself to be affirmed right this moment in the reality of faith in your life.
This time of reflection on the gift of faith might well have stirred the spirits. It could be a good moment to share with the Lord your own desires, your own experience of living out faith in our world. Tell him what it feels like for you to be confident in Him – what helps – what does not help. And see what He says.