29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Wavelength” Week 3: Reasoning about Faith

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this series, we’ve said that when two people think on the same wavelength, they probably have a healthy relationship; and the same is true with God and us. When we think as God thinks, then we do as God says. Thus, in these weeks we are looking on ways to get on God’s wavelength, which doesn’t come naturally, because we think as human beings. How does God truly look at our life and our world? In past weeks, we’ve talked about our brainfood, and our memory. Today we will look at logic and reasoning. Faith and reason are not opposed, as some might think – God wants us to use our intellect to think and reason about matters of faith. Paul says to the Corinthians, For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Paul is saying that we are in a battle, and we have weapons capable of tearing down enemy strongholds. The evil one has strongholds in our mind – false beliefs in our head – that need to be destroyed. Paul continues: We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ (10:4-5). The way we destroy these enemy “fortresses” in our mind is by thinking clearly about the truth of Jesus Christ and the Gospel. In a war, an army wins by first destroying enemy fortresses, and then by taking the enemy captive. This is the same in our spiritual warfare. We might have false beliefs that are “fortresses” of false thinking about God: false beliefs about God or Jesus, or false beliefs about the Sacraments, or false beliefs about “New Age” religions. Maybe we mistakenly hold onto beliefs that we were falsely think are actually Catholic beliefs: such as that the purpose of going to church is simply to become a good person, instead of what Mass and worship is meant to be – an encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ. Another false belief that many people raised Catholic might think is that religion is merely about obligation fulfillment or rule following, rather than life-long discipleship. One way to destroy strongholds is to read or listen to good religious books and podcasts on Catholic teaching or apologetics, to sharpen our minds to better think clearly and logically about our faith. Questions for Small Groups:

1. Do you tend to think of faith and reason as at odds with each other? Why or why not?

2. How can we identify the strongholds in our minds that are keeping us from getting on God’s wavelength?

3. What books on faith have you read that you have found helpful?

4. What are some of the common arguments you hear against Christianity? How would you argue against those arguments?

5. Read aloud 2 Corinthians 10:5. What is your reaction to that verse?

With blessings,

Fr. Reichlen





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