Luke 7: 9 …I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such a faith.”

What is faith? The brilliant theologian/philosopher Soren Kirdegaard, talked about the “leap of faith.” Someone else said, “Faith is standing on the edge of a thousand foot cliff and jumping; knowing that before you hit the ground God will give you wings to fly or catch you in the palm of his hand.” Paul talks about those things we can’t see and yet believe in. The word creed comes from the Latin, “Credo.” “Credo” means, “I believe.” If faced with choice of continuing this earthly life by recanting your faith or continuing to have faith and be put to death, “Credo” means “I believe in God, even if it costs me my life. I believe that God will either give me wings to fly or catch my in the palm of his hand.” Like the priest in Germany who preached against Hitler and the Nazi party. One day, after mass, the SS came and took him away. “Continue to preach this and you will be arrested.” The priest replied, “Then what will you do to me?” “We will torture you,” said the SS. “Then what will you do to me?” asked the priest. “We will kill you,” said the SS. “And then, what will you do to me?” asked the priest. That is a faith that Jesus has not found in all of Israel. May we pray for such faith.    Amen.