Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052815.cfm
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple area. He looked around at everything and, since it was already late, went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
The next day as they were leaving Bethany he was hungry. Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs. And he said to it in reply, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again!” And his disciples heard it.
They came to Jerusalem, and on entering the temple area he began to drive out those selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers
and the seats of those who were selling doves. He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the temple area. Then he taught them saying, “Is it not written:
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples? But you have made it a den of thieves.”
The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it and were seeking a way to put him to death, yet they feared him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching. When evening came, they went out of the city.
Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.”
How is your faith? Do you believe that when you ask in prayer your will receive what you ask for? Do you have the kind of faith that moves mountains? Jesus reminds us all the time that we need to have faith that the Lord will do what we ask. Are you faithful in your belief? Or, do you stop asking because you think He does not listen. Faith in God is something you can hold on to and believe in. Do not let anyone steal that faith.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, My faith in me waivers all the time, but my faith in you becomes stronger everyday. I know that you are in charge and all will be well when I trust. In Jesus’ holy name, I praise you! Amen.
The Lord takes delight in his people, Alleluia!