Gospel Mark Mk 6:1-6

He was amazed at their lack of faith.

In our moments of doubt or questioning we often find ourselves searching the scriptures, reading the stories of the disciples and those who had the opportunity to meet Jesus in the flesh with a sense of envy, thinking to ourselves, ‘if only that had been me, then I would not be plagued by such doubts!’

Yet, time and again, we read of encounters such as the one before us today, where people are confronted with the reality of the man Jesus, walking and talking, preaching and performing all manner of miracles, and yet, despite the evidence before their very eyes, the people still lacked faith.

It seems incredible to us that they could be like that. And indeed, even Jesus ‘was amazed at their lack of faith.’

Sadly however, how often do we fall into that same trap – distracted by our own plans, our minds are dead and buried to the realities before us. We are numb to the presence of Christ in our life, and so we are miss the opportunity to see Christ work the miracles in our lives that he wants to work.

How then do we ensure that we are awake to the reality before us? It may start with something simple, like putting away our phone, or whatever else that might be distracting us. It might be that we need to take more care to attend to our daily chores with a spirit of gratitude for all that we have, or that we begin to actively look for the features of Christ in those around us. This ‘living in the moment’ is not a kind of Oprah-Winfrey-esque feel-good activity, but a mode of constantly comparing our “I” to Him who gives reality meaning.

Only then, can we grow in faith, in familiarity with Christ, who will only come to us where we are, calling us forward to union with Him.

Point to Ponder

‘The danger facing the Western world … is that man today, precisely because of the immensity of his knowledge and power, surrenders before the question of truth. This means that, in the end, reason gives way before the pressure of other interests and the lure of efficiency, and is forced to recognize this as the ultimate criterion.’

Pope Benedict XVI, Address the Sapienza University of Rome, 17 January 2008.