A Scoutmaster Minute - Faith
Faith! What is it?
Objectively faith is the sum of truths revealed by God in Scripture and Tradition and which the Church presents in a brief form in its creeds. Subjectively, faith stands for the habit or virtue by which these truths are assented to.
Faith, then, is just as important as the air we breathe. While the oxygen in the air nourishes the body, faith nourishes the heart and the soul. It's the energy that courses through every single fiber and cell within our beings. It's part of every muscle and every strand of thought.
Throughout your lives, your faith will be challenged. It may be through a bully at school, a test you need to pass, the loss of a family member or friend, or temptation to do something you know to be wrong.
In John 6:53 Jesus said to the multitudes “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” This saying was hard and many of His disciples left and went back to their former way of life. In verse 67 & 68 Jesus turns to the 12 and asks “Do you want to leave?” Simon Peter answers him “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
I challenge you to ask yourself, when the time comes where your faith is weak, where will I go? Will I abandon my faith to freely enjoy the trappings of this world and forfeit eternal happiness or will I fight the good fight to claim my place in heaven?
By living the points of the scout badge and observing the 12th point of the scout law, A Scout is Reverent, you are equipped with the tools to keep you on the right path.
Mr. Gnadinger (Mr. G)