Faith gives a face as of heaven to the whole earth- Our Lady of Fatima
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 -Tuesday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Our Lady of Fatima
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Jean-Pierre de Caussade : “Do you not yet understand or comprehend? “
Letter of James 1,12-18.
Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.
No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Then desire conceives and brings forth sin,
and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers: all good giving
and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that
we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Happy those whom you guide, LORD,
whom you teach by your instruction.
You give them rest from evil days,
while a pit is being dug for the wicked.
You, LORD, will not forsake your people,
nor abandon your very own.
Judgment shall again be just,
and all the upright of heart will follow it.
When I say, “My foot is slipping,”
your love, LORD, holds me up.
When cares increase within me, your comfort gives me joy.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8,14-21.
They had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
He enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up? They answered (him), “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), S.J.-Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence,
II, 1 (trans. Algar Thorold)
“Do you not yet understand or comprehend?”
Could we pierce the veil, and were we vigilant and attentive,,
God would reveal Himself continually to us and we should rejoice in His action in everything that happens to us. At every occurrence we should say: Dominus est! (Jn 21,7)
and in all circumstances we should find a gift from God.
We should consider creatures as very feeble instruments
in the hands of an almighty worker, and we should recognize without
difficulty that nothing is lacking to us and that God’s
constant care leads Him to give us each instant what is suited to us.
If we had faith, we should welcome all creatures; we should, as it were,
caress them and thank them interiorly for contributing so favourably
to our perfection when applied by the hand of God.
If we lived uninterruptedly by the life of faith, we should be in continual contact with God; we should speak with Him face to face…Faith is the interpreter of God; without the illumination which it brings, nothing can be understood of the language in which creatures speak to us.
That language is a cypher in which nothing is apparent but confusion;
it is a thorn-bush from which no one could imagine God speaking. But faith makes us see, as in the case Moses, the fire of divine charity burning in the midst of the thorns; faith gives us the key to the cypher and enables us to discover in that confusion the marvels of heavenly wisdom. Faith gives a face as of heaven to the whole earth, and by it our hearts are ravished and transported to converse in heaven…Faith is the key of the treasury, the key of the abyss of divine wisdon.