Part 2: On Faith

2. Faith2 

Saint Paul states that justification comes from faith and that faith makes the believer convinced of the love of God manifested in Christ (Rm 8,28ss; Gal 2,16; Ef 3:19ss).

For Saint John faith means the welcoming of Christ in the depth of one’s heart. Thanks to this welcoming of ours, God generates light within us and gives us the power of his Spirit. Moreover He enables us to understand that a clear choice is always required between light and darkness, life and death, naturally aiming at the victory of life over death and of light over darkness (Jn 3:16; Jn 7:47). How strong the following proclamation: “The victory that conquers the world is our faith” (1 Jn 5:4).

In the gospels we see that Jesus himself gives great importance to faith. Before working a miracle he often wanted to see in the heart of those who were in need, faith at least at an initial stage. For example, in the passage about the resurrection of Lazarus, Martha manifests her suffering caused by the death of her brother and she laments in front of Jesus; I would say that she almost complains with Jesus for having allowed death to take away Lazarus: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. Jesus tells her: “I am the resurrection and the life. Do you believe this?” And since Martha gives a positive answer, her brother, in a tomb for four days, comes out alive, having received life again thanks to the intervention of Jesus.