Editor's Note: During the month of November, as the Year of Faith draws to a close, we will be celebrating all the fruits of this year. Each day we will feature a short reflection from Catholics all over the country and world, sharing what God has done. If you want to share your own fruits with us, email us a short reflection (no more than 500 words, please) to email@example.com. We'd love to hear how God has blessed you and deepened your faith this year!
Faith is a very common theme in the Bible. In the Old Testament, Abraham offers his only son, Isaac, to God, and we recognize him as our father in faith because of this kind of faith he had. In the New Testament, Our Lady’s passionate “Yes” to God’s invitation brought Jesus in to this world. When we have this kind of concrete faith like Abraham or Mary’s, countless fruits can be born; God granted a great nation and His blessing to Abraham, and He also granted Mary to be a Mother of Jesus. With this reason, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. During the Year of Faith, God granted so many graces on me; He particularly has been showing me the both sides of our faith: hope and suffering.
First and the foremost, I entered the Church this Easter. Although this event extrinsically did not change me, receiving the three sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, radically transformed me into a new being; I began to see social issues such as poverty or abortion through the eyes of faith. Moreover, the faith that God infused in me didn’t stop there but led me to the next theological virtue: hope. Although we are living in a messy world; faith is the source that makes us pray and work; Christ constantly reminds us to have a hope in your faith and know that you can move mountains, that nothing will be impossible for you if your trust in him.
“There is no resurrection without crucifixion” tells us that suffering is part of our life. The cross Christ held was us, and he died for that cross; how is this possible? This man suffered so much to the point where he called out “God, why have you forsaken me?” yet loved his cross, us, and willingly accepted the suffering. Like Christ, people I most dearly love are my cross; the family situation I am currently facing is getting worse and worse. Everyday seems hopeless; the love among our family is getting weaker and weaker; I doubt the existence of God and whether He is truly listening to my desperate prayers. Nevertheless, the faith I received on Baptism gets me moving. As I stated above, the faith bears fruits such as hope. With strong faith and hope, I literally believe that I can move mountains. He not only grants faith and hope, but also teaches the true meaning of love; the best image of love is the cross. The cross is the love, and it does hurt a lot, yet with the strong faith and hope, he grants us the grace to love and endure it.
History of man’s salvation is very simple; if we totally love God, we will see the blessed womb, Jesus Christ. However, without faith in Christ, there is no hope; without faith in His Church; there is no love.
- Jeonghoo Kim, South Bend, IN