Saturday, November 16, 2013
Look beyond the earthly to see the spiritual: Daily Mass Homily--Friday, November 15th, 2013
Earlier in the week I preached about seeing God’s handiwork in creation. It was from this chapter (13) of Wisdom to which I had referred.
As humans, we have five senses—sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Yet as Christians we grow a sixth—the sense of faith. This sense, which we receive as a gift and mature in through prayer, sees past the physical world to the spiritual. And what is our faith if not seeing past what is worldly?
The author of Wisdom chastises people who did not attribute to God the works of creation: “All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan…For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?” When we see a mountain, lake, forest or sunset, we should recognize God as the Creator of the universe.
And think about the Sacraments. It is our faith that allows us to believe that what looks like water spiritually cleanses a baby in Baptism. This same faith teaches us that after the consecration, what appears to be bread and wine is Jesus’ Body and Blood.
As we are blessed to be with God our Creator another day, may we have the grace to see past what is of this earth to what is of heaven.