14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 8th July, 2018

Liturgical Reflection

 

 

Lack of Faith

‘He cured a few sick people.’

What an apparently inconsequential observation.  It’s almost buried towards the end of this week’s gospel, but it resonated with me along with St Paul’s stating that his weakness is his ‘special boast’, so that the power of Christ can stay over him.  ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.

It seems to be the perversity of human nature to take wonderful experiences and a comfortable life full of good things and let them wash over so that we feel they are our right.

It is in weakness and the uncomfortableness of our lives that we turn to God and to the fullness of the spiritual world around us to help in our difficulties.  It is at these times that we become open to the miraculous and His greater glory.

It was the sick, finding themselves in Jesus’ presence on the day he visited his family and friends, who made the leap of faith in their suffering to say, “Yes Lord I believe.”

He was amazed by the general ‘lack of faith’ he found that day.  Here we catch a glimpse of a Jesus who is very like ourselves, a person who is surprised at the turn of events, and a person who is not in command of every situation.

We are so used to looking at him through the lens of Godhead that his vulnerability and humanity elude us.  It is this human Jesus who is so approachable and understanding of our needs and difficulties.

A God who knows me intimately and loves me dearly I can understand.  A God who is universal and omnipresent and in control of the ‘big picture’ I can also understand.  Amalgamating both into one Supreme Being is a great leap of faith.  Yet I know this to be the case through precept and personal experience.

St Paul gives us the example of maintaining faith in times of hardship.  How often do you hear “I can’t believe in a god who would allow ……” which is then followed by a litany of terrible situations?

Indeed, many in the church are currently going through a crisis of faith in the wake of the Royal Commission.  It is a ‘thorn in the side’ and to reiterate, maybe we should meditate on: ‘my grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’  I’m sure the Lord’s guidance would be different for each one of us.

Judith Croke