Aloha Kakou and peace to ohana, friends and visitors!

We are people of faith. In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to the mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Have you ever quietly wondered; do I have enough faith? It can be distressing to hear Jesus say the tiniest bit of faith can move a tree. Yet most of us don’t move trees or mountains. Does that mean we don’t have even “mustard seed” size faith?

Do not distress! Jesus is challenging us to think about our attitude toward faith. The call of Jesus is not just to hear but to act on his words. Faith is active trust in God. That is not just sitting on our hands at every challenge and saying, “God, you do it.” God gave us talents and expects us to use them. In faith, we have the confidence to act to meet life’s challenges, knowing that God always has our back. Throughout history, Christians have amazed the world with what is done in faith. When I witness what ordinary people do acting on faith, I see mountains being moved.

Acting on the faith within you, all things are possible.

With blessings,

Deacon Jim Krupka