In God’s gift of faith, a supernatural infused virtue, we realize that a great love has been offered us, a good word has been spoken to us, and that when we welcome that word, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the Holy Spirit transforms us, lights up our way to the future and enables us to joyfully advance along the way on the wings of hope.
Pope Francis, The Light of Faith 7
[Jesus said,] ‘It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’
Lk. 17: 19
Faith and gratitude are intimately connected. Faith is a gift from God. Faith is our capacity to accept the greatest gift that God has given us, salvation in Jesus Christ. It is an openness to the great love of God that is given to us in Jesus.
But if it is not exercised, this openness lies dormant. Like an open door, it swings in the wind, waiting for someone to enter. Or like a seed that is never watered, it lies dormant. Faith loses its purpose and becomes listless if left by itself. It must be acted upon and activated. Like all virtue, faith grows when it is used.
Gratitude is one of the primary ways we exercise our faith. Giving thanks to God opens our faith to new levels. It acknowledges the gift we have been given, and empowers us to receive even more.
All ten lepers received the gift of healing in the Gospel (Lk. 17:11-19), but only one exercised faith in offering thanks and praise to God. It was to this man that Jesus said, “Your faith has saved you.”
In our baptism each of us has been given the gift of faith. This week, exercise your faith by thanking God for all He has done for you in Jesus.
Lincoln A. Wood