Faith in Jesus
Wed, Feb 5 2020 07:32
| faith, Nazereth, prophet
"And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’ . . .” (v. 4)
The Nazerenes who refused to accept Jesus made the mistake of allowing themselves to be constrained by their reason, as revealed by their questions about him. Despite witnessing his miracles and hearing his wisdom they wanted to know where that wisdom had come from and how a carpenter’s son could display such gifts and charisms.
The Nazarenes had everything they needed to come to faith — miracles, signs, wonders, wisdom — but they sought first to understand before they believed, whereas it is through belief that we come to understand.
Many centures later St Bernard of Clairvaux would say, “I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith wht I cannot grasp with the mind."
So God guides us with the light of human reason but takes us by the hand to bring us to the joy of faith.
Faith means that we are prepared to put all our hope, trust and certainty in God because we are sure of what we hope for and certain of what our senses do not see.
”O Lord my God, give me understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you and faith and faithfulness to embrace you and live by your commands.” (St Thomas Aquinas)