In Isaiah we hear today that “unless your faith is firm, you shall not be firm.”

What does “firm faith” look like? I believe it is something we already possess and live out, yet many of us are unaware of it. We all have faith that we will wake up and live another day. We trust so much in this that we take for granted the gift of life and the One who gave it to us. To live our faith firmly is to live each moment with awe and reverence, recognizing that we are alive and in every instance our hearts are pumping blood! Is this not the most amazing of miracles?

Let us ponder the miracle of life today, of blood pumping through our veins. May this lead us to gratitude for the One who created all that is! Then we can truly give thanks in awe and reverence for the one who loves us into being. Firm faith consists in this recognition that all life is gift, and the Creator gives it freely. This firm faith is awareness that leads to gratitude and gratitude that leads to awe and reverence.

—Matthew Lieser, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.