Homily given at St. Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri

Ahaz is confronted with a choice: trust God, though it seems awfully risky, or trust in worldly power because military might is more dependable. In faith, he knows what he should do. But trusting in the words of God through the prophet mean taking a risk. This can be true for us too. We can know what God wants us to do but then find ourselves too afraid to trust God. The example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a faithful servant of God can help us — both by her example and by her prayers.

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