“What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” (Luke 4:31-37)
OUR STORY …
Papa awakened in the middle of the night. The old pope was sweating. He had had a bad dream. As he lay there trying to make sense of this dream, he could hear a quiet message deep in his soul.
“They must know the truth! Their science tells them what I have done and what I am doing. But they are missing Who I am.”
“I am the Pope, Lord,” Papa replied to this voice. “But I am just a man. How can I do such a thing? Who can do such a thing?”
Then Papa recalled the story of Peter on a stormy night at sea. Seeing Jesus walking on the water, Peter did something very strange.
“Call me to come to you,” Papa cried out from his small bed in his Vatican apartment. “Call me, Lord, and I can do it!”
IN THE BIBLE …
In today’s Bible readings, St. Paul tells the Corinthians that a natural man does not grasp the things he does not see or cannot touch. St. Paul says they don’t accept the things that pertain to the Spirit of God.
In the Gospel, we witness Jesus casting demons out of people simply by commanding them. He did not put on a sideshow with organ music and drums beating in the background. He did not need these props. He had authority!
The Bible tells us there is a world that we see and a world that we do not yet see. Both are present with us here and now. Both have great impact on us. And both are under the authority of Jesus Christ to whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given (Matt 20:18).
LIFE GOES ON …
Science is amazing! The things we can learn by systematically observing the world around us is astonishing. Only a fool would reject science, though the nature of science itself compels us to look at things with a skeptical mind.
The Spirit is amazing too! The things we can learn by disciplined listening to the whispers of the unseen are even more astonishing. Only a fool would reject the presence of a sudden, cool, and refreshing breeze on a hot day just because he cannot see it or does not know where it came from.
While science compels us to have a skeptical mind, faith draws us toward a holy heart. You have both within you. You — you! The two are actually quite compatible.
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!