Friday, December 11, 2009

A True Challenge to Your Beliefs

In the gospel today you will find what I believe to be a real challenge to your faith. You might also call it a genuine test of the strength of your beliefs. We Catholics say that we believe this or believe that. But when push comes to shove, we frequently end up feeling that we have failed.

" ... among those born of women there has been none greater that John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." Do you believe this? Do you truly know what it is that Jesus was saying to the crowds?

Why do I ask these questions? For this reason: do you believe that you are greater than John the Baptist? Do you believe that there is an extraordinary grace about yourself that has been given to you by God? Greater than John??? Why not? Did he experience the event of the Passion and Death of Jesus? Was he aware of the Resurrection? Did he have the benefit of all the saints and the writings of the Church to guarantee what you have become aware of during your life time?

Hopefully you see that we are so blessed, so filled with abundance by God. It is that abundance that provides extraordinary powers to you. Surely, they will not