GABRIEL'S CLARION (feb15gab.htm)
Wednesday
February 15, 2006
vol 17, no. 33
"According To Your Faith..."

        Unless we truly believe that Christ is able to heal us, we will continue to be blind to what God wills for us. It all comes down to our determination to strengthen our eyes of Faith. How willing are we to do that? How willing are we to leave our comfort zones?
    "And as Jesus passed from thence, there followed Him two blind men, crying out, and saying: 'Son of David, have mercy on us.' And when He was come to the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus saith to them: 'Do you believe that I can do this unto you?' They say to Him: 'Yes, Lord.' Then He touched their eyes, saying: 'According to your faith be it done unto you.' And their eyes were opened: and Jesus strictly charged them, saying: 'See that no man know it.' But they going out, spread His fame abroad in all that country."    Matthew 9: 27-31

      "Once we openly express our belief, trust, faith, and request in humble supplication, we must be willing to follow Christ no matter what it takes to prove just how sincere and serious we are to be His disciples. Christ is not about making things easier for us in this world. In fact, more often than not following Him will make things much more difficult for us, and seemingly irrational or non-conventional. By the standards of this world, making two blind men follow you when you could have helped them right away seems cruel, but by the standards of God such conduct only demonstrates more love. How? Because by making these men follow Him Christ made them see just how much they believed and needed Him and therefore helped them to understand how important all of this was to them. In short, Christ was helping these men see the depth of their faith and commitment even as He measured it Himself."

    Saint Matthew tells us in Chapter 9: 27-31 that Christ was approached by two blind men shortly after raising a girl from the dead. According to Scripture, these two men called out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" What follows next is a clear illustration of Christ's standards, expectations, and love.

Humbly Proclaim Our Belief and Need

    Christ would likely never have helped these two men unless they openly, humbly, and fervently asked for His help. Nowhere in Scripture are we told that Christ liked to read minds and help people too shy to ask for help! In order to ask for help, we must believe that He can help us enough to make the request. Nobody makes requests, especially public and open requests, if they believe that there is no chance of obtaining these requests. The mere open and public request, then, is a powerful demonstration of faith and courage and even trust.

    The New Order wants to conceal such open, public proclamation of faith. It considers such outbursts and such conduct "offensive". Just as the demons who possessed people did not like to hear the Name of Christ, so too evil in all its forms does not want to see God's love and Christ's example publicly requested and openly recalled lest evil should be "offended".

    Our call upon Christ should also touch on His Divine Mercy, for such a request will thus acknowledge the fact that only that Mercy allows us to believe that our unworthiness may request anything of His Divine Love. By asking in terms of Mercy, we acknowledge that we are not worthy but trust that Christ will overlook that unworthiness out of love and our own humility and contrition!

Show a Willingness to Do What It Takes

    Once we openly express our belief, trust, faith, and request in humble supplication, we must be willing to follow Christ no matter what it takes to prove just how sincere and serious we are to be His disciples. Christ is not about making things easier for us in this world. In fact, more often than not following Him will make things much more difficult for us, and seemingly irrational or non-conventional. By the standards of this world, making two blind men follow you when you could have helped them right away seems cruel, but by the standards of God such conduct only demonstrates more love. How? Because by making these men follow Him Christ made them see just how much they believed and needed Him and therefore helped them to understand how important all of this was to them. In short, Christ was helping these men see the depth of their faith and commitment even as He measured it Himself.

Be Willing to Escape Comfort

    All too often, The New Order thrives in seeking comfort. We have been sold the lie that comfort is always good and always a worthwhile goal, even at the expense of what is right. So-called political correctness, inclusion, and all of the other trash sold by this society and condoned through silence by the New Order church is really just seeking comfort dressed up as a virtue. By itself seeking comfort is not evil or a vice, but it becomes so whenever it becomes our only goal, the sum and total of our efforts. Sainthood and holiness was never obtained in comfort! One of the great ironies is that precisely those who most sought comfort in this world may well become those with the least comfort in eternity and those who were willing to sacrifice comfort for what is right in this world may well find that comfort eternally!

    That is why Lent is provided by Holy Mother Church to condition us to eschew comfort and take up our crosses through penance and sacrifices big and little so that when the delights of comfort beckon, we will not be so soft as to abandon virtue or try to escape pain and suffering. The saints knew that the more they suffered and willingly bore up their crosses for God on this earth, the less suffering lay ahead in the afterlife. In other words, Purgatorial time would be greatly shortened by paying the price now. So many seem to be blind to this fact and wallow in their blindness.

    It may sound absurd to think that being blind can be comfortable, but in a sense it was for these men and is for those who don't want to see the truth. They want to stay in their comfort zone, miserable as it might be. The condition of the two men in Matthew gave them a ready excuse, a free ride so to speak, a way to avoid being expected to do much. In curing their physical blindness, Christ was forcing them to take responsibility for their spiritual blindness, and cure that on their own. In fact, Christ was calling on these men to move from begging of others to serving them!

Follow in Faith With the Eyes of Christ

    At least at the start of their odyssey, these men followed Christ while still physically blind. In a sense, they were forced to use Christ as their eyes since He could have led them anywhere. They had to trust that the One they called The Son of David would lead them to help. Had they acted with the "eyes" of man, they would have stumbled or resented this burden. Faith is seeing through the Eyes of Christ even when our own physical and mental eyes cannot see!

    That is the essence of believing. It's easy to believe when we can see for our own eyes. Witness Saint Thomas, the doubting Apostle. But it is those who Our Lord spoke of in John 20: 29, "Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed" that we need to be like. The question we must ask ourselves is do we, like Thomas, still insist on seeing or do we go purely on Faith.That is something to think about as we approach the season of Lent.

Conclusion

    Matthew 9:27-31 shows us that God's way is not always our way. It reminds us that first we must humbly believe and ask, be willing to deal with discomfort, see through the eyes of Christ, and accept God's help as it comes. We begin with a humble belief in Christ's Divine Mercy, a bold and public proclamation of that belief, a trusting faith in Christ's example and guidance, and a desire to improve and help others out of love for the Almighty Who created us, Who gave us sight to see, ears to hear, a mouth to speak, hands to touch and heal, feet to walk for Christ, an intelligence to think clearly of the Four Last Things, a heart that beats for Him and a soul that cannot be comfortable unless it is in alignment with the will of God.

    In short, we must be willing to accept the responsibility of God's call if we want His help. We can wallow in selfishness, arrogance, pride, stubbornness, rationalizations, comfort, and excuses, or we can get up and reject all of these lies and toxins that The New Order has sold us and follow Christ through our spiritual blindness until He helps us to see the truth.

Gabriel Garnica



    Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.


    Gabriel's Clarion
    Wednesday
    February 15, 2006
    Volume 17, no. 33