Fr Rodney Kissinger, S.J.
The Gospel for the Twentieth Week in Ordinary time gives us the persistent faith of the Canaanite woman. The Canaanites were bitter enemies of the Jews. Then add to this the resistance of the apostles, “Get rid of her.” Then there was Jesus himself who came primarily for the Jews. “My mission is only to the lost sheep of Israel. It is not right to take the food of sons and daughters and throw it to the dogs.”
But she persisted, “Please Lord, even the dogs eat the leavings that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.
Such persistent faith is almost unheard of today. This is the age of science and evolution. It is amazing how gullible we have been in accepting science as the “sacred cow” and permitting ourselves to be so deceived.
We seem to have forgotten that science itself is based on an act of faith. This act of faith is called the Law of Empirical Verification which holds that only those things exist that can be verified empirically, that is, counted, weighed, measured, observed and analyzed. As someone has said, “If science cannot discover it, it just isn’t there.” No one can prove that law. You have to believe it. It is an act of faith. According to Einstein, “Not all that can be counted counts, and not all that counts can be counted”
In fact, Godless science is a contradiction in terms. Science is possible only because there are physical, chemical and biological laws. Laws demand a law giver. Scientists do not make the laws they discover the laws made by God.
What about Evolution? Evolved from what? And where did the “what” come from? Contrary to what many people think, evolution and creation are not mutually exclusive. They are complementary. They go together to give us a complete picture of reality. Evolution deals with proximate causes, creation deals with the first cause. Creation tells us that the universe was created, by whom and why. Science tells us how the universe developed over time. In theistic evolution revealed truth and scientific truth are intermingled and are mutually illuminating.
Believing is as much an integral part of human life as eating and sleeping. We are all basically believers. We believe before we reason. In fact, learning begins when a child, on faith, accepts the testimony of parents and teachers. At least 85% of our natural knowledge is an act of faith. “What’s in your wallet?” Whatever it is, unless it is gold or silver, it is an act of faith.
We believe in the most outrageous things. We believe in Utopia, Jimmy Jones of Guiana fame, David Koresh of Waco and Mr. Moon of the Moonies. We believe in capitalism, communism, atheism, materialism, hedonism and consumerism. We believe in ouija boards, horoscopes, tea leaves, crystal balls and satanic cults. We believe in reporters, doctors, mechanics, pharmacists, nurses, waiters, traffic lights and weathermen.
How fortunate we are who believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, "The way, the truth and the life, yesterday today and the same forever."
Thanks for this great gift Lord! May we never forget it!
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