III: The Attributes of an Apostle - Faith
Jesus said to his apostles: "For truly I tell you, if you have faith
the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from
here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for
you." (Matthew 17:20-21 NRSV)
If those of you who have been reading the series on bringing back
the "lost sheep" have been wondering how St. Francis de Sales could
possibly have brought as many as 60,000 sheep back to the Catholic
fold, the answer lies here - in faith. This faith is not faith in our
own abilities to make the impossible possible, but faith in God's
ability to do so. This is never needed as much as in bringing lost souls
Mark tells the story of a rich young man who once went to Jesus with
the question of how to attain eternal life (Mark 10:17-27). Jesus
shrugged and said to him: "You know the commandments: 'Do not murder,
do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do
not defraud, honor your father and mother.'"
The young man replied, with sincere righteousness, "All these I do. What else do I need to do?"
I imagine Jesus looked at him for a long moment, studying him,
before softly saying to the young man: "Go, sell everything you have
and give to the poor. Then come, follow me."
At that the young man's face fell because he had great wealth and was
unable to part with it. As he walked away Jesus said
to his disciples words that have become very famous: "It is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich
man to enter the kingdom of God."
"If that is the case," the
disciples wanted to know, "then who can be saved?"
Jesus looked at
them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all
things are possible with God."
All things are possible with God, and if we trust that He will help
us to bring back those who are lost to Him, He certainly will. The
greater the trust the more people we will be able to bring to Him.
Francis de Sales stands as a testimony to that fact. So does the Holy
Spirit Interactive ministry.
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