October 21, 2009

The Really Hard Battle

Life is a battle. Faith is a battle. However, just as the Jews didn't "get" who Jesus was back in the day when He still physically walked the Earth, just as many Gentiles of today don't get it any better after centuries of instruction.

We can see now, in hindsight, what Jesus' words, that were so confusing to those around Him, really meant. Or, do we? Maybe some of us do. Maybe some of us try. I know a lot of folks have been trying to put words in Jesus' mouth for centuries too.

Jesus asked "Who do you (they) say that I am?" Sometimes I think He may as well have asked "How are you (they) interpreting what I just said?" I think that question is as hard to answer for some as who Jesus is.

The Jews expected the Messiah to be a warrior. He was; but just not in the way they expected. They expected the Messiah would lay waste to the enemies in battle. He did (and will and does), ultimately, but not by picking up a sword.

The real battleground of Faith, to me, is not external anyway. It's internal. It's a lot harder to force conversion of your self; than it is to use physical force or any external pressure.

It's easier to gripe about changing the faith to conform to your ideas and beliefs than it is to change your ideas and beliefs to conform to the faith you profess. If I spend my time just hating on this external enemy (institutional church, the bishop, the priest, pick one) than I have less time to do anything or possibly worry about what I'm doing or not doing. If I wait it out, things will change and then I'll be ok.

Time is a battle we will lose. The faith is timeless. With that kind of balance; which side do you think is going to win this battle you've created?

3 Comments:

Blogger nazareth priest said...

Once again, you hit the "bulls-eye".
The greatest challenge for Catholics who want to become holy today, maybe it has always been this way, is to take seriously a personal, daily commitment to becoming holy and not waiting until everything is "in place."
Sure, we have to work to make things right and to continue the work of the Church in external matters. But even if everything else is going to hell (the example, for one, of the English and Welsh Martyrs) WE have to be faithful and not be dependent upon what is happening around us.
Great post!

October 21, 2009 8:37 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Father: Your comments are a tremendous boost to my ego! :-) God bless you.

October 21, 2009 11:43 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

"It's easier to gripe about changing the faith to conform to your ideas and beliefs than it is to change your ideas and beliefs to conform to the faith you profess." Well said. This seems to be running rampant in today's world of faith.

October 21, 2009 1:01 PM  

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