We now live in a much more permissive society than in the past and saying “I love you” has never been as easy as it is now. But while it is easier now to declare one’s love, it is still difficult for people to live happily ever after. It is more common now for what could have been beautiful love stories to end up as tragedies.
It is the same with regard to faith. Many relationships are built upon faith and mutual trust. If these wear out along the way, it does not take much time for the relationships to break. The relationship between man and God is also based upon faith. It is fragile and has to be cared for and protected with deliberate effort.
Seeing is believing, or considering only what we can see as the truth, is the scientists’ way of looking at life. However, both our physical eyesight and the vision of our intellect have severe limitations. If we decide to check out everything that exists on earth that would be just impossible. That’s the reason perhaps why St Paul had to say that we walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinth 5:7) It therefore becomes important for us to build our faith by using other means to find out more about the things that we cannot see. One way to do it, as Paul says, is by hearing the words of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
In addition to hearing, reading the word of God carefully and prayerfully, is equally necessary. John ends his gospel explaining that his purpose of writing it was that his readers would believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that they would find life in his name. (John 20:31)
But it is not that our faith process involves only our sense organs. Paul says that when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and at the same time believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, then we are saved. (Roman 10:9-10)
Keeping the faith is a lifelong effort. But it has a positive feedback on our life. The more we try to strengthen our faith, the more we taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8)