• Sarah Beth Dippel

LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER





Easter is different. I am hoping you've noticed the transition. While we were in Lent, our reflections focused on reexamining our faith. Looking at why the Catholic faith is so rich and full of meaning in all of our Traditions. Lent was a time of penance, fasting, and intercession. Now, as we enter our fourth week of Easter, we are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have been following our Lord and His disciples. Looking into our hearts to determine where we are in our belief and hopefully desiring to grow in faith. My dad once told me as an adult, he began to pray for an increase in faith, and it was one of the best decisions he'd ever made. I've seen my dad grow from a Sunday Mass goer to an all-in follower of Christ. He preaches the Gospel with his words and actions every day. His life is one long prayer to our Lord. My friends, our faith should set our hearts ablaze for Him. When Peter speaks to the crowd into today's first reading from Acts, "they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, 'What are we to do, my brothers?" Allow these Eastertide readings to cut you to the heart. Like those followers, we should ask the Lord, what are we to do? The poet, Mary Oliver wrote,

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Our Lord might be calling you for the first time or the 9,872,456th time. Our spiritual journey never plateaus; it is always challenging us to grow deeper and further than the last time. Listen to His voice. Ask Him to help you open your heart to Him. How will you allow your faith to transform you today? #lifeeverlasting #blessing #blessed #Eucharist #Catholic #bestlife #notalone #Catholiclife #belief #faith #breadoflife #sacrament #abundantlife #goodshepherd #fourthsundayofeaster #Sunday

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