The Heart of Faith

“…If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree, ‘Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea’, and it will obey you…” (Luke 17:6)

Last Saturday, I stood to speak before an auditorium full of men. From where I stood, it was a sight to behold. For seldom can you gather such a large crowd of men for a spiritual activity like that one.

Fathers’ Congress, that’s what they called it.

The organizer was the Parents Board of a school somewhere in Paranaque. Spearheading the organizing committee was an ordinary man with an extraordinary heart for God’s mission. His vision: to gather all the fathers like him in that school to speak about the importance of the “Heart of Fatherhood”.

And many thought this couldn’t be done. Aren’t we familiar with how uninvolved fathers can be in the academic affairs of their children? Seldom do you see a father actively involved in his child’s PTA. How much difficult it would be to attempt to gather all these men, pack them inside an auditorium, for a whole day recollection. Challenging, yes. Impossible, no.

Not with a heart of faith.

Jesus said in today’s gospel:

“…If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree, ‘Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea’, and it will obey you…” (Luke 17:6)

The Fathers’ Congress had been postponed once for lack of participants. The response was anemic. The organizer was disappointed. The school was confused. But all it took was for one man to push his shoulders back, go down on his knees, pray and try again. And with a little faith, the tree was uprooted, planted itself into the sea, and the Fathers’ Congress happened to a resounding success!

Friend, what is the tree that you seek to uproot in your life? Habitual sin? Terminal illness? Long-standing resentment? A marriage near breakdown?

Today, I invite you to learn from my friend who spearheaded the organization of a near-impossible event…and succeeded! If he did, you can too.

All it takes is a lot of heart, and a little bit of faith.

Yes, all it takes is a heart of faith.

A blessed day to you, my friend!

In Christ,

Bobby Q.

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