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Sat, April 17, 2021

Jn 6, 16-21

When it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, "It is I. Do not be afraid."

They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.

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What is faith?

Faith is the power by which we assent to God, acknowledge his truth, and commit ourselves personally to him. (1814-1816, 1842)

Faith is the path created by God leading to the truth that is God himself. Because Jesus is "the way, and the truth, and the life" (Jn 14,6), this faith cannot be merely an attitude or "confidence" about something or other. On the one hand, the faith has definite contents, which the Church professes in the Creed (= profession of faith), and it is her duty to safeguard them. Anyone who wants to accept the gift of faith, in other words, anyone who wants to believe, acknowledges this faith, which has been preserved constantly through the ages and in many different cultures. On the other hand, part of faith is a trusting relationship to God with heart and mind, with all one's emotional strength. For faith becomes effective only through charity, practical love (see Gal 5,6). Whether someone really believes in the God of love is shown, not in his solemn affirmations, but rather in charitable deeds.

Inspiration
O Lord, I am safe in your arms. If you hold me, I have nothing to fear. I know nothing of the future, but I trust in you.
Saint Francis of Assisi
(1182-1226)

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