JULY 17, 2012 Ė TUESDAY 5TH WEEK: ISAIAH 7:1-9 ; MATTHEW 11:20-23
of the texts we have heard at this liturgy treat of a theme that was
fundamental to the Hebrew faith as well as basic in the life and teaching of
Jesus. Faith in God and the confidence that results from it was the message
Isaiah carried to Achaz in response to an explicit
order by God. Many years later the lack of trusting faith in his person in
spite of the striking miracles he worked caused Jesus to pronounce fearsome
predictions of future woes to
If the liturgy presents us with these texts today it is because we too have the same choice to make that Achaz and the Galileans of our Lordís time were confronted with. In small matters and at times in more serious issues, each of us is placed daily in situations that call for a choice based on faith in a higher value that entails some present difficulty or self denial. Whether we advert to the fact or not, in choosing a particular course we are often acting under the influence of an implicit faith. Each individual is so constituted that the horizon of his or her world is so structured that it opens out into eternity or hems one within the limits of time.
Faith in the living God who created us and sustains us in existence opens out into a very real world that is not subject to our bodily senses Modern physics for some years now has shown that even this material universe is in large part hidden, not subject to direct observation. Dark matter represents 22% of our universe while dark energy is 75%; all the perceptible matter in the planets and stars, vast as they are in number, constitute only 4.7% of this universe we inhabit for so short a time. No individual can possibly verify the truth of the huge quantities of information that actively enters into the present day concept of the known universe. Even on the natural plane, then, rightly to conceive of our material world we must make an act of faith in the findings of modern science.
in the Old Testament period God revealed to chosen persons that there is
another world, invisible and unlimited by time. This world is subject to very
different conditions than our familiar surroundings. God Himself is accessible
and actively present to its inhabitants who are pure spirits or persons with
bodies subject to the spirit and so not constrained by the laws of time and matter.
Effort is required to remain sensitive to the presence of this