Thursday, 18 May 2017

4th Sunday after Easter 14 May 2017 Sermon

4th Sunday after Easter 14.5.17 Truth

Truth can be objective, as in 2+2=4, a fact which remains true whatever anyone says or thinks.

Or it can be subjective, as in ‘spinach pie is the best food anywhere’, which may be true for one person but not another.

In the spiritual world, at the level of faith and morality, the objective truth is more likely to apply.

For example, God exists, whether or not anyone says or thinks so. And so with other truths in our creeds and catechisms.

The Holy Spirit helps us to believe these truths, convinces us of them; confirms us in them. He also helps us to think in the right way, and to see how one truth fits in with another.

It can be hard to perceive the truth amid so much falsehood; and harder still to hold onto that truth when put under pressure, such as persecution or ridicule.

We should be so immersed in these beliefs that we know them and trust them, as well as we can count from one to ten, or say our own name.

Just as we learn certain things by repetition, so we repeat over and over the wonders God has worked in our midst. This the Church does in the psalms and the Liturgy.

Why do we say the same things all the time, re-tell the same stories? Because they are true, and we take them to heart, claim them for ourselves.

Then we can be like the apostles and martyrs, who could face anything for the sake of Christ, even torture and death.

We build up a store of faith, from which we can draw as needed. We do this in the quiet times, so we can deal with the turbulent times. Built on rock not sand (Mt 7,24-27).

We have enough material to draw upon – our history, rich in miracles and saints; so many great teachers and writers; it is all around if we are discerning as to what we take in. And there also the Holy Spirit will help us separate the wheat from the chaff.

Our belief should be strong enough that nothing will shake it; and we have enough left over to share it with others. Go out to the whole world… (Mt 28,19).

The Truth will assert itself, and continue to do so until either people repent, or there is the final separation of sheep and goats at the end of time (Mt 25, 31-46).

We are warned how difficult it might be. We have hit the turbulence. You may be the only one in your family or workplace who believes the truth, and you will be subject to ridicule, but this is part of the process.

Hold on anyway because it is the truth, and there is nowhere else to go (Jn 6, 68). And you may help someone else to convert.

We have to get those memory cells working. We repeat and repeat the wonders the Lord has done. He has set His people free; He has watched over them at every place and time.

Many have forgotten where they started or where they are going. They have lost their way, but the way is still there.

The casualty rate is very high, but many can still be retrieved. This is the Fatima message.

We keep the memories alive, and we will have the strength we need for any need.

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