“Gird you loins, light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.”

As families are preparing to go back to school this week, they are busy shopping for clothes and school supplies to start off another school year. Parents are busy about many things every day, juggling family, jobs, school and the myriad details of daily life. You know better than I, how difficult this can be and that at the end of the day you are stressed out and exhausted. Amid all this, our faith in Jesus is a welcome oasis that can provide peace, strength and tranquility in a troubled world.

The word faith is used eight times in today’s readings. Abraham and Sarah are held up as the two great Old Testament figures, who had tremendous faith in God’s promises. We call Abraham our father in faith. Our second reading from Hebrews, reminds us, that by faith Abraham obeyed God when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Sarah, Isaac and Jacob. By faith he received power to generate even though he was past the normal age and Sarah was sterile, for he believed that the one who made the promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands on the seashore. By faith, Abraham, when put to the ultimate test was willing to offer up his only son Isaac. He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and he received Isaac back as a symbol. What tremendous faith!

Yes indeed, Abraham walked by faith not by sight. We too are called to walk by faith amid all the uncertainties and difficulties of life. Our faith in Jesus Christ, our faith in the promises he made to us in Baptism and Confirmation, our faith in the grace and strength we receive in this Eucharist, this faith will enable us to preserve in following Christ and building up his Kingdom each day. It is our personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that sustains and supports us to face the challenges and problems of daily life. May Abraham and Sarah be an inspiration and motivation to us each day to be faithful disciples of Christ. Lord , increase our faith. Amen.