Wednesday 6th Week of Easter
AA 17.15, 22-18,1John 16.12-15
Our stories of faith, from the moment Jesus became a real person to us, produces not just curiosity but wonder in those who hear us.
Walking around Athens,
St. Paul could see that the Athenians were religious.
And he caught their curiosity
when he was conveying ideas
about what they called the “unknown god.”
We do a lot of that when we talk about religion.
I venture to say that the majority of our time
we share ideas about God and our faith.
But Paul discovered something that day –
he realized that he could not reduce the truth of Jesus
to an idea that is open for debate.
It would be like eating a delicious meal
and then going to someone and reading them the recipe.
Well, that’s not very exciting, unless you’re a chef.
The first thing you do is tell people
how wonderful the meal was
and try to describe what it did to your palate.
Then if they’re interested, you can read the recipe.
So it goes with our faith.
Jesus is not just an idea or a philosophy that we debate.
Jesus is a living person whom we encounter
in all the experiences of our lives.
It is the Holy Spirit who brings us into
an encounter with the living Lord Jesus.
Had Paul shared with them the story of his conversion,
meeting Jesus on the way to Damascus
to put his followers in prison,
and the mercy Jesus had on him,
he may have had an entirely different reaction
from the people of Athens.
Our stories of faith, from the moment
Jesus became a real person to us,
produces not just curiosity but wonder in those who hear us.
The seed of faith through wander
brings another person to begin to question for themselves:
Can Jesus save me, heal me,
keep me from living in the rat race of this world,
just for myself?
Can I come to know Jesus as a real Person
and experience his love for me too?
The Holy Spirit fills our stories with The Word,
and the Word, Jesus, finds a welcome
in the other person’s mind and heart.
Our stories, if you like,
knock on the door of someone else’s heart
so Jesus can make his home with them.
Once they start asking questions,
then we begin catechesis and can share ideas
that put expression to our experiences.