Sunday the Nineteenth

“Faith (πίστις [pistis]) is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1).”
There are, no doubt, as many descriptions of faith as there are believers. It is not uncommon for believers to use the term faith as an answer for all things humanly unexplainable in reference to the Divine. Used this way, faith often shuts down discussion and inquiry. For example, engage one in a discussion on the Most Holy Trinity or Most Holy Eucharist and it will not be long before the word faith is used because human intellect has reached an impasse.
Throughout both Testaments of Sacred Scripture, faith has another purpose. It is the word that simply, yet powerfully, describes a relationship: a relationship initiated by the Father drawing each person into communion with Him through the saving death and resurrection of Jesus His Son and Holy Spirit. This biblical experience of faith emphasizes the dynamic character of life. The realities and mysteries of God are not topics to be figured out, diagramed and reduced to 3 bullets on a PowerPoint presentation. Rather, faith describes how we live in response to a Love that is infinite and eternal.

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