DAILY CATHOLIC -    Tuesday, February 10, 1998   volume 9, no. 29



by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F.

Faith: Key to the Heart of God

Twenty-fifth Installment: Measuring Maturity do we shop around or do we fully buy into our faith?

      Letís try this little experiment for a moment. Imagine yourself walking out the door of a supermarket when someone comes along behind you and you hold the door for that person as an act of courtesy. Suddenly that person disappears and Jesus is standing there instead. How would you feel? What a privilege to hold the door open for Him! And yet he said as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto Him (Matthew 25:40)! Why do we have to gave an apparition of Jesus to realize what a privilege it is to help another human being?      Hereís a housewife who cooks a meal, slaps it on a plate and shoves it in front of her husband and says, "There!" Her attitude is, "Iíve done what I have to do. Iíve cooked you a meal. Iím supposed to cook, so I did it.       "Suddenly the husband disappears and Jesus is there. Itís a little different situation then, isnít it? Later on sheís washing the dishes and realizes Jesus is coming to the next meal and is going to eat off that plate in her hands. What a difference that is going to make in the way she washes the dishes! The ordinary, prosaic, pedestrian activities of everyday life come alive when our secondary faith is alive, believing, "You have done it unto me."      At a supermarket counter, you allow someone with a smaller purchase to get ahead of you in line as an act of courtesy. Suppose That person turned out to be an angel in disguise? In Hebrews 13:2 it says to be kind to strangers, for many without knowing it have entertained angels. There are many angels in human disguise as strangers all around us all the time.      Secondary faith in Godís Word enables us to believe that we might be dealing with someone from another world in our everyday activities. Our secondary faith in this truth, in itself, should make us more respectful to strangers.      Do you believe you have a guardian angel? Read Psalm 91:11, Psalm 34:7 or the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:10. If you really believe in your guardian angel, you know you always have a companion. Would you ever commit a sin if you could see your guardian angel? Would you ever feel lonely if you could see your guardian angel? The loneliest widow in the world would not be lonely if she truly believed in her guardian angel, not to mention the Emanuel concept of God "(I am with you always, even to the end of the world"). Loneliness would be impossible if we really lived even one aspect of secondary faith.      But itís usually not realized, not experienced. For most Christians, secondary faith is weak because our primary faith is proportionally weak. We donít actually believe in God and His love for us, except in the most remote, abstract way. Again, it is a matter of degree, not a matter of either-or.

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