No, I’m not leaving Catholicism. No, I’m not going back on my first 34 posts. No, Catholicism isn’t a lie. And no, I haven’t been at the Gaffer’s home Brew (ha, movie quote). Just Bear with me.
Today’s First Reading.
14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you?” How many times have i felt like that? Quite a bit. Anyway, this reading has a lot to deal with faith. Jesus says that if you have faith, you can move mountains.
Seems pretty impossible. I mean, he’s talking about one of the largest types of natural formations on the planet. Yet Jesus cannot lie, it is against His very nature. So it must be possible. So, hands up if you believe Jesus, honestly. You can’t see me, but my hands remained firmly fixed on the keyboard. Humans tend to know their limits pretty well. I know i can’t fly, lift a thousand pounds, drive stick, and definitely not move a mountain. Science tells me all of this. Some people think that its Science versus Catholicism. But actually, they go together quite nicely. Science tells me that it is beyond my capability to move a mountain. I wouldn’t be able to budge it an inch, simple as that. So, it seems that lil’ old Jesus has been thwarted again by the evil, umm, common sense. Actually no. All these fake scientific tests that I metaphorically did on myself were, well, on myself. I wasn’t testing God. God is omnipotent, all-powerful, limitless. you didn’t really think you would be moving that mountain by yourself?
Like I already said, we tend to know most of our limits. Also, we tend to create some of our own. “I can’t do this dad, its too hard”. “Mom, I can’t go to that”. We say I can’t so much we have forgotten to say “I can”, much less “God can”. We have humanized God into a weak mortal like ourselves. We usually don’t believe even He can do something. But, time and time again, He proves us wrong.
One of the reasons Catholicism isn’t viewed kindly by most people, is because of some “impossibility” of some sorts. “No, Jesus couldn’t have possibly risen from the dead”, “No, God couldn’t possibly have become man”, “No, this lump of bread couldn’t possibly be Jesus”.
When people say something is impossible, they probably don’t know what they are saying. When they say that, they probably mean its impossible for anyone. They don’t think that there might actually be someone who can do the impossible. Again, we think of “can’t” so much, its hard for us to think of “can”.
Have you ever been to a 3D movie theatre? One time, I lost my glasses, and I went the entire movie just watching a super blurred, very visible outline of the movie. That’s what our “impossible” ideas do to us. We can’t really see what we can do because we won’t really look. That would be like cutting a car in half and saying, yeah, I don’t think it will go any where soon. Duh, you just looked at half of it. If you think you can’t do something, you’re right. A+. But you aren’t doing it by yourself. If we were, I would definitely not care enough to write this.
Yes. most of Catholicism is impossible. But only if you aren’t wearing your 3D glasses so to speak. Only if you just look at half the picture. If you take it all in, it makes a whole bunch of sense.
- I was trying to watch the GOP debate on youtube, and an ad for Planned Parenthood came on trying to cover up the recent videos going around. When the lady basically said that they did not do it, I paused the screen. I felt like I had met her before. And then I figured it out. I had seen that face before, many, many times. Its the look of my younger siblings telling me they did not eat a cookie…as they try to swallow the three cookies that are hanging out of their mouths. You might be able to fool the Government, PP, but you can’t fool an older brother!
- I’ve got a request from a follower to do some Q&A posts. So I’m thinking about doing it weekly or monthly or something, where you guys can ask me any question you want, and I’ll of course answer them to the best of my ability. To do this however, their have to be questions for me to answer. I don’t want people thinking of questions for days just so they can make me feel popular. If you actually would like me to do this, comment about it. I’ll only do it if there is enough support behind it.
In Christ, Catholic2theMax