Daily Reflections: 16 August 2015

First Reading: Pr 9:1-6

Second Reading: Ep 5:15-20

Gospel: Jn 6:51-58

On Understanding

When something unfortunate happens to us people would try to comfort us by saying that “everything happens for a reason.”

I’ve always been annoyed when people say this to me. When I’m in a problematic situation, I would want someone to provide me with a concrete solution instead of a platitude which does not give me anything but a feeling of inadequacy and failure.

But what if there’s no concrete solution? How do we move forward then?

Today’s readings focuses on believing and on understanding, two things that I think are essential for the foundation of one’s faith.

In today’s world, we always ask for proof. We seek to understand something before we believe it. To see is to believe. Considering how much false information is made available to us online and through social media, it is but natural that we seek more proof. At the same time, when we make information available for others to consume, we have a responsibility to verify and confirm the accuracy of what we are posting.

This is true in some cases, but what about for things that we cannot verify – things that are intangible, but are general truths, such as our personal relationships with God?

It is difficult to try to understand our faith. It is even more difficult to understand if we don’t believe it.

Last Father’s Day, the priest gave this wonderful Homily that speaks about faith:

“Do not seek to understand that you may believe. Seek to believe, so that you may understand.”

God invites us to His banquet. To partake in His glory and grace. The readings tell us that we must welcome this invitation, for it is with Him that we will be able to understand what His plans are for us. We must continue to live the Christian life – prayer, Scripture, community and service. These are the things with which we partake in His feast, and with which we shall gain an understanding – not of why challenges happen to us, but how we are able to overcome them.

“Let whoever is simple turn in here; to him who lacks understanding, I say,

Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed!

Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding (Pr 9:3-6)”

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