Hebrews 11:32-40; Mark 5:1-20
"Brothers and sisters What more shall I say?"
These are the opening lines of St. Paul in today's first reading. St. PAul has been telling stories of the great men of faith in this particular chapter of Hebrews.
Chapter 11 begins with these words, "only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of realities unseen..."
Only faith can guarantee the blessings we hoped for.
Following this opening salvo St. Paul goes on to tell the story of the great men and women of faith through out scripture. Salvation history id filled with persons of faith. It is our faith that must become our garment.
As you take time to read chapter 11 and ponder the stories of faith, here is a another story from Pope John Paul I.
"There once was a donkey that covered himself in a lion's skin. Everyone said, "what a Lion!" Men and animal alike fled from his presence. But the wind picked up and blew and the draft lifted the skin upward and everyone saw the ass."
Let's make sure it is faith we wear and not just a token garment to look good for the crowd.