Are You Willing to Ask the Question, "What Do We Believe?" - Family Reflection Video
Recently, I read a thought-provoking book titled: “It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask.” It’s based on the idea that if you want to persuade someone to believe in your perspective, you can lead them there by asking questions. The author contends that we should also ask ourselves questions - questions about what we believe and why; whether it has to do with morality, ethics, or our faith.
So with this in mind, I read, reflected, and prayed over today’s readings.
In the first reading, we hear of the transformation of the life of Saul, who becomes a new man through his encounter with Jesus.
Do we believe that Jesus can transform the life of someone like Saul? Ananias certainly had that question. And the Lord answered him by saying: “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my Name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel…”
Do we believe that Jesus can do this today? Do we believe that Jesus can transform our lives?
The second question we can ask from today’s readings is: Do we believe that we are truly receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus when we receive the Eucharist?
The Jews in today’s Gospel questioned this as they quarreled among themselves. Recently Deacon Kevin at Holy Family Parish preached about trying to understand Jesus’ teaching from his perspective of a computer programmer. His profession is one that follows specific rules. A comma or period added or left out can change everything in a program.
At times, we impose our program codes, knowingly or unknowingly. This way of thinking limits our perception of God’s power to transform lives and substances like ordinary bread and wine.
My brothers and sisters, during this grace-filled Easter Season, it’s a good time to ask ourselves what we believe - not in a cynical way, but rather as people of faith seeking understanding.
If you notice, Jesus rewards those who sincerely come to Him seeking answers—answers to the questions that affect our lives and those of our family and friends.
Deep-down we want to believe that like St. Paul, Jesus can transform our brokenness to goodness and holiness. We want to believe that in the Eucharist Jesus’ flesh and blood, He comes to us to nourish us for the journey we walk with Him and all those He places in our lives.
So go to Jesus in your prayers and ask and He will not disappoint, just ask Ananias and countless others, most likely yourselves.
May God bless you and your family this holy day!
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About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!