Faith is a Gift from God

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Run Time: 10:02.  Gospel: Mt 13:24-43.

Today we had a special guest, Fr. Stanley Witeck preach the homily.

In today’s Gospel we have those three parables.  And Jesus is revealing that in this world we are invited to come to Him, but at the same time the devil is the enemy that is coming, as Scriptures says, at night.  Means when we are tired, when we are sleeping, when we do not give 100% attention, otherwise we would not let the devil come even close.  But he’s coming when we are most vulnerable.  When we are week, like the serpent in the garden … and so he is putting this bad seed, that weeds, into our souls and spirit.  And we feel that, our life is not as perfect.  And we feel also, as Christians, that being in this world our prayer is not as perfect.  Sometimes we come to church, or come to our prayer.  We do not know what to say.  We do not know how to pray.  We do not know how to lift our hearts to God.  But then St. Paul says in our second reading, ‘Look, it’s a gift from God.  It’s the Holy Spirit.  Given to everyone who believes in Jesus.  That’s the gift of the Father.  The gift of the Son.’  And then the Spirit of God – in our hearts – is saying the right prayer.  It’s the Spirit of God, the spirit of holiness, researching our hearts and knows us.  Is taking what is the best in us, the desire of our hearts, for God, for holiness, for righteousness, for love, and with the Spirit of God presenting to God – saying the right words.  Making the prayer right.  And that is for us a great comfort.