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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

Lord, increase our faith

"Lord, increase our faith"—the request of the apostles is also ours. In the difficulties of life, we sometimes feel alone and helpless to dare to express our faith, our raison d'etre. We must, however, recognize that living the gospel does not mean just to love, share, forgive, and listen. Even beyond that, it's a new way of being, a way of adapting a different perspective on the world, on others, and on ourselves.

Believing in God is to live in hope, even when we feel we cannot do anything. Believing in God is to refuse to accept the evil and always try to find the good in others. Believing in God is to live with Him every moment of our life; it is to believe that He is always there with us, even when we are overwhelmed by hardship. Faith does touch our whole being and not just the way we live. This then is exactly the difficulty of living life!

So we understand well the request of the apostles: "Lord, increase our faith." To which Jesus’ answer is: "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you."

For Jesus, it isn’t a matter of increasing faith, but rather living what we have received by the grace of our baptism. If we were aware of the power of the grace of baptism, we would do extraordinary things. It is precisely because we trust the Lord, in the power of His Word and the sacraments, that we can live a real personal conversion, and that we find in ourselves a force greater than ourselves.

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