Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”   (1 Jn 3:1)

In Scripture where Jesus asks His apostles, “Who do people say that I am?”  they had been with Him now for quite a while; they had heard His teachings; they were living with Him twenty-four hours a day.  They had seen His miracles.  But when He asked this question, they started giving many different answers.  Then Jesus turned and asked Peter “But who do you say that I am” (Mt 16:15-16)?  To know Christ is revelation.  This gift has to come from on High; it has to come from God.  It comes to us in Baptism and Confirmation in a special way.  So what happened?  All of a sudden, the gift comes, the light comes, and Peter sees; he understands!  He knows, “You are the Son of the Living God.  You are the Messiah!”  At last he knows.  Jesus was waiting for that – waiting for that lead from the Father, because this is a gift that has to come from the Father.  And Jesus said, “Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, Peter, but My Father in Heaven” (Mt 16:17).  This is how the gift of faith works, this shield which we have been given (Eph 6:16).

Jesus also tells us, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).  We must begin to ponder this, and to ask ourselves, “Do I believe it?  Do I really believe it?”  You may want to take one of the Gospels (or all four, if you like) and look at what Jesus has said.  And ask yourself, after just one sentence, one truth, “Do I really believe that?”  With faith, we start to see with our heart.  We start to see because we believe in the One who is telling us.  It has a lot to do with Love.  Love is the foundation of faith.

Our faith level grows until, eventually, we come to the point of breakthrough, where we believe everything He says to us.  We don’t pick and choose anymore.  This is the full-blown gift of faith.  We can accept and believe, and live it out.  “Blessed are they,” Jesus said, “who hear My Word and live it out” (Mt 7:24-26); that is, blessed are they who do something about it!

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."  (Lk 1:45)