I just realized something. God is real!
Obviously, this is something that I have known before. But it is worth reminding ourselves of this simple fact as many times as we forget it each day. God is real!
Many do not think that God is real. Many view reality as only that which can be physically touched, seen, heard, and so on (this was a topic touched upon in a previous blog – “Is anxiety eating you up? Read this.”) As a result, many people do not believe in God, because they cannot experience God directly in this way. Others believe that there is proof that God does not exist. For example, the many evils in the world are proof that God does not exist. Sickness and death are a proof that God does not exist. Why? Some cannot reconcile the idea of an all-powerful God with our imperfect, messed-up world. They don’t believe that the Theology of God’s existence matches up with the reality around them.
This is a challenge for the believer, that the culture in which we live reduces God to private tradition. “God is not real, but if God helps you to get through the day, that’s ok. Just so long as your faith doesn’t infringe upon my life, I will tolerate it”, many say. In thousands of particular ways each day, the believer encounters this attitude. It chips away at faith. But we must stay committed to believing that God is indeed real! He is just as real as the sun in the sky. He is just as real as the person sitting next to you. God is not a tradition or a personified moral standard. God is real! Why?
Why do we have a Church, if not to affirm each day that God is real? God is with us through the Body of Christ, the Church. God is Present in the Church through her ordained ministers, through the teachings of the Church, through the Scriptures, and the Sacarments. When we receive these gifts of God through the ministry of the Church, we become the Body of Christ in the world. We become the face of Christ! We can see that God is real in and through the Church!
So, we can ask ourselves the question, “Do I believe that God is real through the actions of the Church?” If the answer to that question is yes, then we can ask ourselves a second question, “Do I see how Christ is showing Himself to the world through my life?” These two questions must be asked and answered together. For just as much as you may look at the Eucharist, and wonder, “Is it really Jesus?”, others are looking at YOU, and wondering, “Is it really Jesus?”
Please believe that God is real in the Church, so that, as people see you as a member of the Church, they may see and believe, too. Many people will never come to Eucharistic Adoration, or darken the doors of a Catholic Church. But they will meet you. Will they know that God is real, because they encountered you today? The answer to that depends on your daily act of faith in the reality of God with us.