Friday, August 25, 2017

First Reading August 13, 2017

I love the first reading from the August 13, Sunday Mass. It is from 1 Kings 19:9-13
"There he came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him: Why are you here, Elijah?  
He answered: “I have been most zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts, but the Israelites have forsaken your covenant. They have destroyed your altars and murdered your prophets by the sword. I alone remain, and they seek to take my life.”  
Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but the LORD was not in the fire; 
after the fire, a light silent sound.When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, Why are you here, Elijah?"
There are various interpretations for that passage. My own reflection on that reading, is that God is a God of love. He can be found on a gentle/light silent sound. I remember one tweet I read that ridiculed Jesus because that person doesn't believe that Jesus is God, I can't remember his exact words, but I think he said, that if he (that person who tweeted) is God, he wouldn't go around just healing the sick, he would perform lots of amazing cool things, or something to that effect, to show people just how godly he is. 

He couldn't believe that the God who created the universe can be as gentle as someone healing the people He created, someone who didn't show exuberance, power. I can understand that sentiment. I mean, when I think of a god, I think of power, creation and destruction, of fireballs from the skies, lightning, etc. those kinds of power. But, when I think of the one true God, the God of Love, and after understanding the story of salvation, I can understand why Jesus, God Incarnate, didn't do such superfluous things just to show or prove to people that He is God. 

That's why there are also lots of jews who couldn't believe that He is the Messiah they're waiting for, because they thought of a king that would have riches, power, etc. They couldn't believe that a lowly carpenter from Nazareth could be the king of the Jews, the Messiah, the Savior.

As Jesus already explained in several verses in the Bible, His Kingdom is not on earth but in Heaven. So, the glory they are looking for can be found when we are with Him in Heaven. We, humans, are very visual beings, we need to see in order to believe. To have faith, is to believe in something that we have not yet seen. I have not yet seen Jesus, nor His Kingdom and how glorious it looks, but I believe in it because I know Jesus to be true and real. I believe that the Bible is the inspired words of God. I believe especially in the verses of Revelation chapter 21. I want to live in that new Jerusalem with God.

This brings to my mind the Pascal's Wager. I don't understand it fully yet, but I think what it suggests is that people are forced to gamble, to believe in God or not to believe. Hhhhmmnnn maybe I can see a little where he's coming from. Coz, if you do not have a reason to believe what Jesus said is true, that He is God and that there is heaven waiting for those who believe in Him, then maybe your thinking would be just to gamble.

Pascal suggested that people should just act as if they believe in the Christian God because then they have nothing to lose if it turns out to be true. Uuummmm I think God, who knows the hearts and minds of humans, will know that you are just pretending lolz.

It is a rational point, I suppose, but I think Pascal should have researched more on what Catholics believed because then He would know that what we believed in are so out of this world and we would looked like crazy people if it turns out NOT to be true. Maybe then he would have wondered, why in the world do we believe in such things, maybe then he would've researched all the history behind our beliefs and trace it back to more than 2000 years ago and find that it all leads back to Jesus, and the Jewish tradition, and Abraham and ultimately maybe then he would understand and believe in the story of salvation, a Love Story.

God already revealed Himself and we can read about the Infinite entering the world of the finite, in the New Testament. Well, since Pascal is already dead and he would now have known the truth if there is real heaven, hell and purgatory, but he can't go back to the world of the living and tell them what he saw, and even if he can, no one will believe him lolz.

For me, the only question people should ask is if Jesus is telling the truth or not? I have heard of atheist authors, wanting to disprove Catholicism and ended up becoming Catholic. When you do your research, and read about the history and the saints, you will be convinced that what Jesus said is true.

There are things that human reason can't explain... that's why I as a Catholic have FAITH and REASON. I cannot explain how the sacred host became a living flesh in Eucharistic Miracles that happened all over the world. We need faith and we can use our reason.

The person seeking God should just ask God for proof that He is real. There are various reasons people believe in God, I have my own, I have found my proof. I hope and pray that you, the one reading this will find the proof you need to believe. :)

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