A Haunting Question
How will we answer it? How will we answer to God personally and how will we answer as one Body of Christ?
“But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18.8 This is the final line in today’s gospel; a question that challenges us to imagine what it will be like to stand before Jesus when he comes again and respond to that question. I have a feeling that many of us might find it uncomfortable to discuss this question face to face with Jesus. And Jesus is coming again. As a Catholic Church we will soon be entering into the Liturgical Season of Advent when we wait for Christ – not in the form of a child in a manger – rather: “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21.27
Will Jesus find faith on this earth? Are you a person of faith? And if so, what does that mean? What are you called to as a person of faith? Will your faith be visible to Christ? Is it visible to your neighbor, your family, your friends and co-workers?
In regard to faith, values and morals I have heard “they are often caught, not taught.” Most often we teach faith and moral values by the way we live, speak of and respond to the world around us. So as our children, our spouses, our co-workers and neighbors witness our actions and hear our words, it becomes clear where we stand on issues of faith and morality. Others learn from our lived example, especially our children. Let us be aware of how important it is for us to be cognizant of that. How we respond to community and world issues, how we either reach out to or steer clear of someone in need, and how we speak of people, directly influences those with whom we share life. Lived well, our faith can inspire and draw others closer to Jesus Christ. If our lives are not a reflection of a person of faith, then our words and actions can cause great harm to ourselves and to others. Are we doing our part to ensure that Jesus will find faith on earth? Take time this week to think about it and pray to God asking for the wisdom, strength and courage to respond and to live as a person of faith. Then let us continue to grow in faith, so that when Jesus returns we can confidently answer the question: “Will Jesus Christ find faith on earth?” with a resounding YES!
With sincere hope,