FAITH WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING
For many of us, elements of our faith may be difficult to understand. Fortunately for us, understanding is not required in matters of faith. Understanding may come through prayer and the study of our faith. Often, we must accept difficult concepts, doctrines, and dogma if or until we receive understanding.
There are many concepts in life that we may not understand but accept, rather unconditionally. For example, understanding how a 90 thousand ton aircraft carrier stays afloat is not easy to understand. Many of us may not understand how a massive jet aircraft stays in the air and seems to defy gravity. Fortunately, we still have confidence that others who design and build these massive structures have the expertise necessary for their utmost performance and safety.
In this Advent season, we turn to the Blessed Mother as our role model in faith. When the angel appeared to Mary at the Annunciation, Mary did not fully understand what was happening. She even said in response to the angel, “How can this be?” Like Mary, we must trust that the Lord knows what’s best for us all of the time. Like Mary, we must always say yes to the Lord, even if we do not understand.
We are Catholic. We are called to be people of great faith and to seek understanding according to the will of God. Pray for understanding. Study your faith. Be Catholic.
Ponder: What are some other teachings of the Catholic Church that are difficult to understand and we must accept with faith?
Reflect: Sacred Scripture, Hebrews 11:3-6
Pray: Dear God, help my disbelief. Help me to understand your ways.