“Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe!”
We heard these words recently at Sunday Mass. These words of Jesus Christ were spoken to St. Thomas, after Jesus showed His wounds to him. Thomas the Apostle believed because he saw Jesus and touched Him. But Jesus knew that we would be blessed more abundantly than Thomas, because we believe without seeing. Jesus rewards the faith of His followers.
For various reasons, our culture places high value on science and logic. This is a good thing. Still, the veneration of science and technology can be dangerous. When we believe that we can control all things and explain all things, little room is left for faith. If we place hope only in what we see, are we not seeing with blinders on our eyes? Openess to truth must include an openess to what is unseen as well. What is unseen includes such spiritual values as Love. If we attempt to use biology and chemistry to explain away love, we empty Love of its true power. Love can only be unlocked by the key of faith.
What is faith?
Faith is taking a risk.
Faith is walking without a safety net.
Faith is stepping out into the unknown with confidence.
Faith is sacrificing comfort.
Faith is giving up control.
Faith is an admission of humility, and a surrender of our pride.
Faith is being open to unexpected joy.
Faith is a choice of peace.
Faith is an opening of our eyes.
Faith is trust.
Faith is the foundation of love.
Could our generation’s deep restlessness and unhappiness be a result of a lack of faith? That, with all of our technological wonder and scientific control, we still seem trapped?
Science, logic, and technology are crucial to a good life. But something lies beyond its limit (and these things are limited). Only faith will take us beyond that limit, to encounter the source of Love itself.
When we encounter Love through faith, we discern God’s calling; our vocation. This is faith’s reward, and our true freedom in Christ!
Find faith. Find Love. Find free.