St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

The Eye-Glasses of Faith -Homily at St

The Eye-Glasses of Faith                              -Homily at St. Mary’s High School Feb. 25/16

 

They gave me a prescription for glasses. If I don’t wear them, I see you guys up to that row, but if I put them on, I can see that guy at the back who is falling asleep… My new glasses made me think that faith is something similar, something that allows you to see beyond. Let me make two points: faith goes beyond reason, and faith does not go against reason.

 

1. - Without the glasses of faith, you see only death. If you put them on, you see farther, the Resurrection.

- Suffering is close, for everybody to see… But when you wear your glasses you see beyond suffering the rewards of Heaven, and when you have faith you have also a consolation in suffering. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled.” Christians also suffer, but not like those who have no faith. Faith gives us a consolation and a hope that the world does not know.

- Without the glasses of faith you see only your sinfulness. Put them on again, and you will see forgiveness and the mercy of God, who welcomes you always when you repent and try to change.

- When you do not have faith, you see only injustice, even in the Church of God. When you have faith, you see also the patience of God with those who sin, so that they may also have time to repent and be forgiven. When you have faith, you see beyond the injustice of men the final judgment of God, who will give to each one what he or she deserves.

- When you do not have faith, you may see good qualities in yourself. When you put your glasses, you see your good qualities as gifts, as things you would not have if Someone had not given them to you. When you have faith every joy and every good thing is a gift, a sign that Someone loves you and is waiting for you in Heaven.

- When you do not have faith, other people look like fellow human beings. When you have your glasses on, they look like Jesus, and each brother or sister stirs up in a Christian heart a love stronger than death. Mother Theresa of Calcutta was a woman with glasses, who gave herself to every leper she found, because in each of them she could see only Jesus.

 

2. But these glasses are not only good to make you see farther. They do not prevent you from still seeing what is close. You see both what is near and what is beyond. If we apply this to faith, it means two things. 

 

1) Faith is not an escape from the world, the denial of the real problems of the world in order to feel a little bit of peace. Faith gives a meaning to the problems, and makes you embrace reality with hope. True faith makes you work for those who suffer, in the hope that there is help from above, and there will be an end to suffering and a reward for sacrifice.

 

2) At the same time, true faith goes beyond reason, not against it. As Chesterton says, in order to enter church God does not ask you to take off your head, but just your hat. Science and faith are never opposed. Faith does not make you think something that does not make sense. There are reasons to believe, and you have the right to know them. There are explanations for the seeming contradictions, and you have the right to ask for those explanations. I should better say, we have the duty of trying to understand more about our faith: if we love God, we should always try to know more about him, to reflect on his word, etc. But the point is: the glasses of faith do not make your reason blind: rather, faith provides your reason with the possibility of going beyond the realm of nature to the realm of the supernatural.

 

I invite you all to have true faith, a faith that knows that there is something else we do not see, and a faith that makes you work for change. It is beautiful to have faith. May God help us to grow in faith, in hope and in love, for God and for our brothers and sisters.  –Fr. Andrew

 

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24 HOURS FOR THE LORD

FOR THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

Have you signed up yet?

 

Pope Francis asks that we participate in a worldwide initiative called “24 Hours for the Lord”. It begins on the morning of Saturday, March 5, and runs until the morning of Sunday, March 6. This twenty-four hour period during Lent is to be set aside by parishes as a time of special opportunity for mercy. It should demonstrate how the doors of the Church - and of God’s mercy - are open and ready to embrace even the most prodigal of sons and daughters. Bishop McGrattan would like all of the parishes to respond in solidarity to the Holy Father’s call to be united in this worldwide initiative. Please see the attached explanation and sample parish schedule. It is hoped that each parish will make its own plans to do something special to serve the faithful during this “24 Hours for the Lord.”

 

Adoration of the
Most Blessed Sacrament

Beginning Saturday, March 5 at 8:30 am

Confessions
Saturday, March 5 10:00 am to 11:00 am

& 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Closing of 24 Hours for the Lord and
Celebration of Mass on Sunday

Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 am

 

 

NOTE: At 11:00 pm on Saturday, March 5, Adoration will move to St. Joseph Chapel until Sunday at 7:30 am; then Adoration will move back to the Church.