We haven't really talked about faith yet. It's not that I don't have something to say... quite the contrary. I have so much to say that writing a blog post seems inadequate. The subject just seems too important, too personal, too big to scale down for a post. But it is really all that matters so I will attempt to break it down into smaller thoughts. Yesterday's gospel (at mass) was the great story from Luke of Jesus fishing with Peter. Pete and his crew had been out all night with no luck. Jesus goes out with them and asks them to cast their nets one more time. As usual, Pete whines but does what Jesus asks anyway and they catch more fish than one boat can carry. (Luke 5:1-11, I'm paraphrasing of course.)
By the way, since we're on the subject of Peter... Just so you know, I love the guy. He was such a screw up and yet Jesus chose him anyway. It brings me tremendous hope.
Back to my point. It's natural to turn to God when we are in need. That's when we seek him and ask for his help. But it's a lot more fun, and much easier to seek God in the abundance in our lives instead of waiting for the tragedy. Let's face it... although there will always be suffering, we experience a lot more joy than we do sorrow. If that's not the case for you, you're not paying close attention to what's going on in your own life. When we acknowledge the abundance, it's much easier to see the next time it comes around. And then we get to appreciate and enjoy it much sooner than we normally would. I promise, this is the way it works. But it is not without effort.
Back to the story. Peter didn't ask for Jesus' help. Jesus saw the need and went out to help him. That happens to us all the time and we don't even know it. Look around at your life and see where God has intervened already. It's the best place to start when you're looking for grace.