Yesterday’s gospel (Mark 9:14 – 30) is a call to examine our faith in Christ. We need strong faith as we walked towards Golgotha. Consider this: Christ lived, walked, talked, performed miracles, gave hope, taught and had contact with his disciples and all the people around him. No doubt there were those who had themselves been healed all who had heard or seen such marvellous works and yet Christ tells them: “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you?”
This call of despair at the fickleness of our human nature has application to you and to me. Given that no modern hand has touched or no modern eye has seen or modern ear heard then how much more appropriate is the observation of Christ to us? Yes, indeed, we do lack faith. That is the tall and the short of it.
This scepticism which results in a lack of faith is part of the human condition. Consider the comment of the father seeking to have his son healed – he says to Christ “if you can do anything”. Even this father was faithless when beseeching Christ to help him. At least this father was honest when he said to Christ in anguish: “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Do you see how difficult it is to have faith? All Christians say that they believe – but the question is: in what? It doesn’t sound particularly sensible to modern ears to have reliance upon the unknown so we hold back and we ask in expectation of not receiving and when we don’t receive as we want, when we want, how we want, we say there is no God. There is your modern paradox: the less we believe, the less we expect to receive and the less we receive, the less again, we believe – with the upshot being we walk away from God. “O faithless generation… How long I might to bear with you?”
We may well profit from reading Hebrews, Chapter 11. All that cloud of witness from the old Testament was driven by faith that there was someone who would perfect them. That someone being Jesus Christ. If we hold onto anything, let it be this: that God loves us so much that his son came into this world to die for you and for me so that we might be saved. So, let us with resolve stand firmly on the side of Christ.
Activities around our church are increasing with the approach of the Feast of Feasts:
Why is it that we have unquestioning and embracing faith in technology but resist faith in Christ? Perhaps it may be because we are uplifted by the idea that we created technology and technology thus becomes our creature. With that in mind it becomes difficult to consider a belief in God because that belief no longer makes us masters of our own destiny but rather creatures of another more powerful than us – and that is something that we do not countenance.
Till next time.
Father John Athanasiou 0411 061 554