Engaging the Word: 11/2/2014
How do we come to believe that the Truth is the Truth?
Faith — Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that God has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because God is truth itself.
Once we know the Truth by faith, what gives us the desire for the Truth to be true?
Hope — Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.
How do we receive faith and hope and proclaim these virtues by our lives?
Charity – Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for God’s own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.
In the selection from Gospel according to John for this Sunday, All Souls Day, we hear that it is the Father’s will that “everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life.” So, the Father’s desire is that each one of us will have faith in Jesus, the we will believe that Jesus is the Truth. If indeed the Truth is the truth, then as the reading from Romans notes, “Hope doe not disappoint …” Eternal life is living the truth, loving.
To believe that Jesus is the Truth is to believe what he told us, i.e. to believe that we can come to know what God calls us to do and do it — at any time, no matter the past, and no matter the cost. So, to have faith in Jesus is to believe that the Kingdom of God is at hand. To have hope in Jesus is to be pleased that that the Kingdom of God is at hand. To have charity is to abide in love with Jesus, manifesting our faith and hope by loving God and neighbor, serving God’s desire to bring the Kingdom into ever greater fullness – the Kingdom is God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven.
Wisdom proclaims that the “souls of the just are in the hand of God.” The just are those who have been graced with faith, hope, and charity or love. Yes, in this life there are joys and trials, but together they can serve to make us holy, to make us saints. With faith, hope, and especially love no real torment can touch us. In this life, in prayer and action, let us do all we can to help one another, to help all souls to discover faith, hope, and the love of God, doing all that God calls to do and becoming all that God calls us to be.
1st Reading: Wisdom 3: 1-9 ~ Responsorial: Psalm 23: 1-6
2nd Reading: Romans 6: 3-9 ~ Gospel: John 6: 37-40
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