Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 4 – 10 February 2018
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”
– Psalm 27:1
Our priests for today (4 February 2018) all focused on the resiliency of Job’s faith when he was tested. One problem after the other he was affected by all of it. People important to him and his livelihood were all gone. To make matters worse, those people left with him all have something to say about his fate.
I have a personal belief that when a person faces a problem, it doesn’t matter what is it. As long as it is a problem, there is a need for a solution, otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about it in the first place. Also, we cannot measure the intensity of a problem. One person may not find a problem daunting compared to others.
In this world, we will also beset with problems, challenges and hurdles. These, despite the trouble they can cause, are actually tools in which faith is tested, perseverance is developed and persistence is molded into a person. They are used to develop a person’s personality and can be used to strengthen him/her in this life full of struggle. These trials make us better when we succeed and give us lesson when we fail.
As our faith is similar to a grain of a precious stone that needs cutting to be shaped into a desired dimension. We too are constantly being tried and tested to mold into a strong follower of Jesus Christ, as similar to a diamond. Today, let us remember two things: First, trials test and strengthen our faith and second, no problem is bigger than our Lord who guides us in every step of the way.
Faith is like a diamond, which is shaped by tests and trials.