The Word of God

Seeing Is Believing

Reflection on Mass Reading for November 16, 2020

“Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first.” The First Reading calls out to us to realize that whenever we are faced with the devious temptations of this world, what is truly evil will attack and feed on and off of our feelings of being unloved, unimportant, or insecure. One of the most successful of the devil’s tactics is simple: everyone is doing this. Why do you want to be left out? In these moments, we must remember to whom we belong. You see, the very price for our lives was paid by the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross, and that payment made all of us not only members as in a club but actually and really living parts of the Body of Christ, each having our own individuality and strength, weakness and struggle. This is the great gift of the Church, and every day we move closer and closer to the Heavenly City that awaits all the billions that have ever brought the precious name of Jesus to their lips. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.”

“Lord, please let me see.” Daily there is a deep call to renew, maintain, and nourish this belonging in a world that values selfishness, earthly possessions, and power. These unfortunate priorities create such misery and emptiness that even in some circles, from those who should know better, there are vicious attacks on the very source of beauty and healing that are celebrated, proclaimed, and lived in the Church. Resist the urge to settle, give in, go along, and participate with evil. On our own, we cannot do this. We need a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus, who understands every aspect of our broken world and broken lives. “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”

“One beautiful day, you will open your eyes and recognize that you have no fear or worries, just the pure vibration of love. Then you will see Jesus.” Caro Vanni


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