Faith in Jesus
Wed, Feb 5 2020 07:32
| faith, Nazereth, prophet
"And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’ . . .” (v. 4)
The Nazerenes who refused to accept Jesus made the mistake of allowing themselves to be constrained by their reason, as revealed by their questions about him. Despite witnessing his miracles and hearing his wisdom they wanted to know where that wisdom had come from and how a carpenter’s son could display such gifts and charisms.
The Nazarenes had everything they needed to come to faith — miracles, signs, wonders, wisdom — but they sought first to understand before they believed, whereas it is through belief that we come to understand.
Many centures later St Bernard of Clairvaux would say, “I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith wht I cannot grasp with the mind."
So God guides us with the light of human reason but takes us by the hand to bring us to the joy of faith.
Faith means that we are prepared to put all our hope, trust and certainty in God because we are sure of what we hope for and certain of what our senses do not see.
”O Lord my God, give me understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you and faith and faithfulness to embrace you and live by your commands.” (St Thomas Aquinas)
Wed, Dec 18 2019 06:40
| faith, Father, trust
Although we know that Jesus has only one Father, God the Father, in human terms and on this earth, Joseph was his father. He was his adopted father, just as today many children do not have as their father their biological father.
We can see therefore Joseph as an inspiration and as an example of father love and fidelity. He is a saint for all who adopt the role of father, whether or not they are fathers by blood of those precious sons and daughters for whom they are now responsible.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the example and inspiration of St Joseph. We pray for fathers we know who, like St Joseph, will be able to hear your word for their families.
"Whoever acknowledges me before men . . ."
Sat, Oct 19 2019 06:04
| courage, faith, Jesus, name
Today, in the here and now, it takes a certain courage to stand up for our faith. It is easier on one level to stand up for Christian values and ethics. People often talk about the Catholic or the Christian ethos as if simply speaking in these broad terms says as much as is needed about who we are as believers. But what if someone asked, “What part does Jesus play in that ethos?” Would that question be met with embarrassed silence?
St Ignatius of Antioch said, “Don’t just be known for being a Christian, but for living as one.” Pope Paul VI put it like this, “For witness, no matter how excellent, will ultimately prove ineffective unless its meaning is clarified and corroborated.” – what Peter described as accounting for the ‘hope that is within you” (1 Peter 3:15).
Pope Paul VI went on to say, “The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be proclaimed by the word of life. There is no true evangelisation if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, are not proclaimed.” (Evangelii nuntiandi 22)