Saint John’s at Tenebrae
What I have learned so far…
I know now that all Christians are more alike than they are different. The things in which we differ are few but strongly held AND by focusing on them they appear to radically differ from those over there who (as they differed from us) must therefore be wrong. There is a safety (even smugness) in such certitude.
One of the problems with such is that it promotes the opposite of the thing desired or at least claimed. Certainty is not faith! In truth certainty is the very opposite of faith. The Epistle to the Hebrews 11:1, puts it like this, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. As a priest, how many times have I have listened to the quasi confession of some believer who tells me their doubts and struggles in following Jesus ending with a line like, “So John, I just can’t live the Christian life!” I say, “No, what you see as unfaith is ACTUALLY the life of faith. The doubt you have is an essential part of the economy of salvation.
Because it doesn’t feel certain they feel they don’t have faith. In truth they appear to me to have faith in contrast to those more certain.