THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, OF ALL THINGS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE.
IN THE ENCYCLICAL “LUMEN FIDEI,” POPE FRANCIS SAYS THAT THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH IS IDOLATRY.
The Book of Wisdom laments those who “search busily among (GOD’S) works but are distracted by what they see because the things seen are fair…If they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?” (see the book of Wisdom 13:7-9)(I realize most Protestant bibles for some unknown reason do not carry the Book of Wisdom, one of the most important books in the Bible, however, I assume it is available on line somewhere, for those that are interested.)
Before even professing belief in Jesus, the Church proclaims that the very existence of the things we see speak to us of God. Since nothing we see has made itself, just a little bit of faithfulness to our human curiosity leads us to wonder who made these things. To stop at what I see and seek no further not only ignores God, but also my own human nature.
And not only the things that I can see, but also the things that are invisible which are part of my daily experience. In a confirmation class, one student was amazed when she realized that her very soul, that reality that she calls “I” is in fact not visible. She volunteered that her body, her face, physically expresses aspects of this “I”, but the “I” is so much more than the visible body can express.
When she realized this, her face did in fact show a wondrous joy that pointed to something much more profound, much more beyond…she was beginning to find her way to the ONE who makes her invisible, but very real, self.
PRAYER: OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.