Jan 31 - Homily: Faith is Certain
Jan 31, 2015
Let us not entertain any doubts or confuse Faith with Hope, but let us imitate the Faith of the Ancients, like Abraham, and God will not be ashamed to be called our God and will prepare for us a city, a heavenly homeland.
Mass: St. John Bosco - Mem - Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Resp: luk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
Gsp: mar 4:35-41
Praised be Jesus and Mary.
The readings today talk to us about the virtue of faith, the first of the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. In today’s Gospel (Mark 4:35-41), Our Lord asks His apostles “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” See, they didn’t know, didn’t have faith yet, that Jesus was the Son of God, equal to the Father, and capable of commanding the wind and the sea and being in control of all things. The first reading, in the letter to the Hebrews, comes from chapter 11. And in that chapter it is one long praise of the faith of the men of the old testament, the ancients. Now one very important sentence that we find in the catechism of the Catholic church, so very important for today’s worlds and Christians living today is that very short phrase that says “Faith Is Certain”. A three-word sentence found in the catechism. “Faith is certain”, alright? We are not guessing. And we are not “hoping” that the truths of the faith are true. Ok? We know, by faith, with certainty, that everything that God has revealed to us, and is proposed for our belief by the Church, IS TRUE. “Faith is certain.” Now this is a theological virtue, supernatural, infused by God in the soul, and admits of varying degrees. Faith can be stronger or it can be weaker. Ok? At a minimum, it believes all of those things that God has revealed and the Church proposes for belief - that’s the bare minimum. Now there can be stronger faith, you know, more firm and less firm. But we always need to give that assent, our “Yes, I believe.” And given that faith is a theological virtue, it has no upper limit. That is, you cannot believe too firmly in these things. Ok? You have to have a dogmatic faith. Never wavering - never wavering. That is the type of faith that we need to have, that we should have. And if we don’t have, that we need to strive for. Our Lord, He is in control of everything. Ok? God’s governance, His providence, is a truth of faith. This too is in the catechism. That He governs everything, from the great events of history down to the small details, including those in our own lives. So when the waves and the wind and the sea of life is in turmoil, and we experience fear within us, that we are disquieted inside, we need to have faith. “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith? … Who then is this, Whom even the wind and the sea obey?” With a word, Our Lord says to the wind and the sea “Quiet! Be still!” He can do the same thing in our own lives. With the turmoil that we’re experiencing. With the anxiety within. At a word, Our Lord can say “Quiet - Be still”, and all will be calm. But we need to have faith in His power. And if, notwithstanding our faith, things are not quiet and things are not calm, don’t worry. That means He wants it that way, and you just need to bear it with patience.[CONTINUED…]