Fr. Bob’s Corner
I love watching videos of soldiers coming home and surprising their loved ones. It’s just heartwarming and awesome to see people’s reactions to something so great as seeing their loved one when they had no idea of when they would see them again. So much joy and tears and greatness.
Humanity isn’t lost. It’s not terrible. The world in which we live isn’t a total dumpster fire. But it seems like that is how the world is portrayed right now. Between politics and hatred and pandemics - it’s pretty easy to get sucked into the dark hole of despair. But humanity isn’t lost. It is redeemed.
When the apostles are totally bugging out on the boat when the storm comes up and are in total despair - Jesus is sleeping. He is sleeping. Not just calm - but asleep. Being that He and the Father are consubstantial (aka of the same substance, aka one), He knows that things of this world - storms and politics and pandemics - are passing away. They are not even close to what matters. What matters, and really the only thing that matters - are the things of the Spirit. A faith that is rooted in Someone that will never pass away - “By His blood you were healed”.
Our soul has been healed by His precious Blood. By our Baptism, our faith allows us to see the world in which we live, not through flesh, but through the Spirit. Do you know of the One who sustains this earth? Do you know of the One who puts air into your lungs? Do you know of the One who has placed the loved ones you have into your life? Do you know how blessed you are? What are the things of this earth that are passing away compared to the greatness of the blessings of the Spirit? They are nothing. They are so much of nothing (I know that doesn’t make sense, but I hope it does) that Jesus can sleep through a storm that threatens the life of his closest friends.
Pray for this faith. It is the faith of perfection. “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect”. And “do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God (the Father). Have faith also in Me”.
May the Lord give you His peace,