The Raphael Remedy

Having Faith in Ordinary Time

by | Jul 10, 2024 | Counseling

It’s July and I hate to admit this, but I find myself wanting to watch Christmas movies. It feels like such a long stretch now of “ordinary time.”

Something struck me though about our Sunday readings. Here we are in “ordinary” time and Jesus is performing miracles. There is, of course, nothing ordinary about miracles but perhaps that’s not really true.

They key Jesus tells us over and over is our faith. The disciples chide Jesus while he slept in the boat during the storm. His response: “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40)

Jairus was told his daughter had died. Jesus tells him: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mark 5:36)

The woman with the hemorrhage, who had suffered at the hands of many doctors, touched the hem of his garment and was healed, to which Jesus replies: “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mark 5:34)

I think we miss a lot in “ordinary time.” I think we need to tune into Jesus’ presence and His actions in our lives and in the world in often the most ordinary of circumstances, in the good things that happen, as well as in the challenges He allows. He is here with us. He is present. He is in control. The only thing we need is faith.

Of course, having faith seems easier said than done. Too often our fears take over. But can faith and fear coexist? It sure can. Fear can obscure our faith, but only if we focus on it too much.

Fear is an emotion and as such, can arise spontaneously in response to events, our thoughts and even our other feelings. But as with all emotions, fear can and must be guided by reason.

So, how do we do that? First, we need to acknowledge our fear and identify it as the emotion it is. Once acknowledged we need to lay it before Jesus and then focus on His promises and His power. It’s a decision, ultimately. We have to choose faith as did the woman with the hemorrhage. Despite years of trials and disappointments, she didn’t give into despair or fear. She chose to believe.

It’s a mystery. Our faith unlocks Jesus’ miracles in our lives. When he went to his native place, the people couldn’t accept Him as God: Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (Mark 6:3)

They were focused only on the ordinary aspects of Jesus’ life and chose not to believe.

When it comes to faith, sometimes we need to fake it ‘til we make it. We need to focus on the possibilities and not the limitations of what we see and understand. We need to take action based on our hope, for faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

So, as we move through “ordinary” time, bolster your hope. Act with faith. Trust in the Lord. Miracles are waiting for you in all of the ordinary events and times in your lives.

Wishing you all a blessed and joyful summer!

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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