Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021817.cfm
Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible. By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s. Through this, he was attested to be righteous, God bearing witness to his gifts, and through this, though dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was found no more because God had taken him. Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen, with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household. Through this, he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith.
These men were favored by God because they believed without seeing. They had a faith that told them to follow the way of the Lord, even when they did not know where it may lead or how much ridicule they would receive. We worry now about signs and wonders, about what God will do for us. We need to worry about what we can do for God. For all the wonders He has given us, He is due glory, honor and praise. How is your faith?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe without signs and wonders. I believe because I hear you speak and I know you are there. You are all I need in this world and I give you the glory, honor and praise that you are due. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I will praise your name for ever, Lord.