One-Minute Homily: “Believe in Yourself?”

by | Oct 6, 2019 | One-Minute Homily

Jesus never actually told us to believe in ourselves, but to believe in something, someone much greater than ourselves. Uli Covarrubias, SJ, reminds us how we truly achieve greatness in this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for October 6, 2019.

“You can do it! Just believe in yourself!”…things Jesus never said.

Hi, I’m Uli Covarrubias and this is my one-minute reflection.

Not only does Jesus never say, “believe in yourself,” in today’s gospel, he also tells us not to expect a reward for doing everything we are called to do.

This may sound a little harsh at first, but there’s a deeper message of love in his words.

Jesus frees us from the lonely prison that believing in ourselves can become.

It’s true. We all need a healthy dose of self-confidence, but sometimes it’s our inabilities, our weaknesses, our wounds that seem more real than anything else.

Christ invites us to turn to him as we are and to believe, to have faith in something much greater than ourselves, in a love that heals us and compels us to share it with others.

We might not uproot trees and plant them in the sea, but a little bit of faith will give us strength where there was once weakness, hope where there was once despair, courage where there was once fear.

We will see and do incredible things, and that is reward enough.


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