Twenty-First Sunday After Trinity
22. The father accepted the word of Christ and said in his heart: My son is ill; but I shall find him well. This was faith over against reason and experience. Reason would have led him to say: When I left my son, he was ill. As you left him, so you shall find him. But faith says the contrary, stands firmly on the Word and drowns itself in it, and does not at all doubt that it shall be as the Word declares: “Go thy way; thy son liveth.”
23. This is a pure and strong faith, that requires the individual to cast away all sense, understanding, reason, eyes and heart, and sink himself into one little word and be satisfied with and feel secure in it. Christ says, Thy son liveth, so he says to himself: It is certainly true, I shall find it so. Thus faith does not remain idle or quiet, but progresses and rises higher.
Here is a man who had faith in Christ and found himself confronted by a challenge. He did not give way but remained in that same foolish thought - Jesus had to be there.
So people imagine today. How can this bread and wine also be the Body and Blood of Christ? Or even more basic - how can Jesus hear and answer so many? The more they push away, the more distant the truth becomes. But if they ask in weakness and yet seek the truth in faith, the answers are all around.
People ask me how I can raise roses easily and without poisons. I tell them that I study the way Creation works. Everything has a purpose. It is not my job to poison everything in the garden and soil to knock out a few pests that have their own enemies (that will be killed by the toxins). Water, mulch, and prune. That is too easy.
But the more we see how this works, the more the miracles of God make sense. They are like the vines that promise something years in the future. When those years are fulfilled, the vines are abundant, even over-abundant. So are the miracles God gives us in abundance. We impatiently wait for certain things, and yet they do arrive over time, according to God's wisdom, in great abundance.
The trial of the moment is not fixed forever - it only seems forever. Sometimes God lays something on us for decades and later we realize the beauty and delights within that supposed burden.