Have you ever thought that it’s hard to believe? It’s difficult to really embrace and live what the Church teaches. Even just believing in God can be challenging.
Or, have you ever thought it would just be a little easier if God gave you a sign? Other Saints have received signs, apparitions from Jesus and Mary. If I just had a glimpse, if Christ just appeared to me for a second… then I’d believe. Heck, maybe I’d even be a Saint if I got to talk with Mary.
But, is that all it would take? Would that be enough?
History tells us, the answer is no.
How many people in Jesus’ time, saw but didn’t believe. The Scribes, the Pharisees. Or even his followers. In John’s Gospel, after the Bread of Life Discourse, when Jesus foretells the Eucharist, we hear, “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.” These were people who followed Jesus, heard him speak, witnessed miracles – healings, the loaves and the fish, but then left. How about freaking Judas! He lived and travelled with Jesus for 3 years, he saw it all. And, it still wasn’t enough.
In our day and age, we’re very driven by the physical, especially in the area of faith. We want to hear, see, and touch Jesus. We’re constantly asking God to reveal himself to us, and the fact of the matter is that he already has.
When Jesus ascended into Heaven, he didn’t leave us empty handed. He left us his bride, the Church guided by his Holy Spirit, a living tradition, the deposit of faith, the gifts of the Eucharist, the Bible. The list goes on and on.
God is constantly trying to reach us. It’s just not on our terms, but His. And, it requires an act of faith, now and for the rest of our lives.
Be the Men.