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2nd Aug. 2015 18th Sunday of the Year

posted 30 Jul 2015, 13:32 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by StJohns Annitsford ]
H.B. & Hw.

In one way or another we constantly search the cast -iron guarantee. In one way or another we constantly look for the sign.

We look for the sign that we've got it right. That our account is the truth signed, sealed and delivered. This is why we are so comfortable in the company of like-minded folk. Rightly so, up to a point. Wrongly so when it is a case of our finding guarantee and
sign where there are none. We want to be right about the truth; rightly so. But wrongly so if we think we possess it all.

The truth quite simply is not an 'it'. It is a `thou'.

Jesus is the truth. Jesus is too big to be owned by anyone, ever.
Jesus is the object of our faith. Jesus is the only sign and guarantee we will ever have. The guarantee of our faith is the object of our faith. It is like any relationship. It's only the immature person who depends on signs and guarantees. The mature person trusts the other. The greater the trust and faith, the greater the experience of the object of faith. Faith in Jesus Christ has not so much to do with sign and guarantee as with trust in and love of Jesus Christ.

Genuine faith in Jesus is deeply personal and uncalculating. 

If we really believe in Jesus we surrender to the Christ. We surrender to insecurity in the sense that we do not know where our surrender will lead. If we join the grumblers, complaining about
our particular desert with its economic problems, social and moral difficulties, we may be sure we are hankering after a security that does not exist. In all probability we yearn for an imagined security; the good old days ! Certainly, our faith in Jesus Christ will make us grateful for the past. But faith and commitment to Jesus will demand of us an openness to the present and the future. Instead of complaining about the present, instead of dreading what's coming next, instead of facing new developments with fear and trembling, in faith we seize the possibilities of renewed and deeper relationship with Christ. We anticipate possibilities of renewed and deeper relationship with relish. That is faith. That is what we are asked for when the Lord says: "He who believes in me will never hunger or thirst."

Finally, the Lord requires the kind of faith that is imbued with a sense of wonder. He asks us to be attuned to the miraculous in our nature. The Eucharist gives us the cue, the pattern. In Eucharist the simple things of nature are transformed into Christ's body and blood. We are called to faith in the transformation of all things in Christ. Each one of us is invited to believe and trust that all, even that which is broken and out of joint in us and in the whole world, can be transformed into the new order who is the Christ of God.