Friday, 10 October 2014

On Faith

Coming up in a couple of weeks, I'll be at a weekend conference exploring the Gospel according to St Matthew. In preparation for this I'm intending to read through Matthew. This has turned into a very sporadic endeavour. But I got to Matthew 15, and thoughts I'd share something that struck me. I don't have much to say really, as the text is quite plain.

After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. (Matthew 15:29-31)

The maimed were made whole. I can more easily believe that the blind see - at least the eyes are there to be opened! Even the dead raising I could visualise, but to have the faith to ask Jesus to restore a lost limb is incredible. Yet, of course, objectively must be easier than the resurrection or the Eucharist. Perhaps our supposedly strong faith in those later doctrines might need to be scrutinized in respect to our adherence to these sayings of Jesus. On the other hand, perhaps God's grace is more intent on bringing us to believe in those more fundamental truths first. Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God, and then everything else would follow - these present-manifestations of the kingdom in healing and so on, are but a shadow of the full glory to come. It is in the Eucharist and our faith in our Lord's resurrection that start to fore-taste (partake of in advance of the fullness of time) the glory to come. 

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