The Parabola of Faith: the Hand of God

As banishment from Eden preceded the incarnation, as the annunciation preceded the birth, as three days preceded the Finding, as the passion and death preceded the Resurrection, sorrow precedes joy. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. Jn 16:22

Sorrow is manifestation of the hand of God, “my father’s business.” Lk 2:49  Joy in the midst of sorrow is the realization of the hand of God.  Faith grasps the hand of God in the darkness of sorrow and gives birth to joy.

Faith is the belief in the goodness of God regardless of the circumstances; faith is solidified and strengthened by the challenges of bad or even evil things being faced and, with God’s help as savior, overcome.  Amen. Alleluia!!!

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Why The Subterfuge?

Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him. Lk 24:18
Thank you, Luke, for doing your homework, for conducting interviews with extant witnesses, for weaving their eyewitness accounts into your Gospel under the influence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We, your 21st cent. Theophili, are truly thankful for your and the Spirit’s handiwork. His inspiration flows from it to us today.

Jesus, you are the consummate psychologist, the paradigm of teachers. You knew that if you had revealed yourself to Cleopas and his companion immediately, you would have lost the opportunity to show from Moses and the prophets why you had to suffer and die, that this was part of the Trinity’s plan from the beginning, in order to show by imitation of the Heavenly Processions the true way of the earthly one, humble, submissive to the Father in love, obedient to the Father in love. The exaltation of seeing you alive would have overwhelmed their minds and your exegesis, your teaching, would not have been able to be explicated so that they would remember and relate it to others. In their sadness, they were receptive to any explanation concerning their “prophet mighty in deed and word…the one who would redeem Israel.” Thus, as you explained each text, one after one, the love of the Lord was again enkindled in their hearts from the dying embers of their grief. You, indeed, did not quench the dying embers but fed them and encouraged them, en-couraged, gave them heart. Find us today, walk with us, enlighten us, show us your way, your truth and your life, so that my heart and the hearts of all who need and follow you will be burning within me. Amen, You are Risen!!! Alleluia!!!