Faith and Reasoning
What is more important, faith or the law? Many would argue further and say faith and reason, a more modern debate, still using a similar language. So which is more important, or are they both working together towards a wholeness? If you follow the law, but it harms other people in the process, is it really following the law? It's a question of morals, what's good and what is just, opposed to what brings fear and hate. Living a Christian life, we are called to bring faith and reason to balance. Think about everything that is incorporated within confessions: you examine your conscience according to the laws we know are wrong, and what you feel with your heart, is wrong. It's making a choice to confess and following through with what you believe to be right and wrong. What areas of your life do you lack using faith and reason together?
Today's Second Reading states:'The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants -- not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations" -- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be." That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness"'(Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22).
In today's reading, we hear how we shouldn't only adhere to the law, but to follow closely, to be actively challenging the things we believe for the better, to live according to God's will and not our own. Think about the situation right now with political leaders refusing to help pay a fee for summer students to work, if they do not support abortion rights. God wants all to live, to be free, to have the chance to love, yet this is what our political leaders are trying to force. What is God's will? We have to reason, to recall what we know of God, of justice, and form a decision of faith going forward. It's not always easy, but neither is life, it's the challenge God gives to us. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you make decisions of faith influenced by clear reasoning.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic faith and reason' a prayer to the Holy Spirit for strength:
Holy Spirit, Divine Spirit of light and the love I consecrate to you my understanding, heart, and will, my whole being, for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always submissive to your heavenly inspirations and to the teaching of the Catholic Church, of which you are the infallible Guide. May my heart be ever inflamed with the love of God and of my neighbor. May my will be ever conformed to the Divine Will. May my whole life be faithful to the imitation of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and You be honor and glory forever. God, Holy Spirit, Infinite Love of the Father and the Son, through the pure hands of Mary, Your Immaculate Spouse, I place myself this day, and all the days of my life, upon your chosen altar, the Divine Heart of Jesus, as a sacrifice to you, consuming fire, being firmly resolved now more than ever to hear Your voice and to do in all things Your most holy and adorable will. Amen.