In this lesson, we continue our Advent preparation by studying the necessity of Faith, while using the example of our Lord's healing of the blind man.
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Christ Healing the Blind
c. 1567, Oil on panel, 65,5 x 84 cm.
Our Lord says to the blind men, “Do you believe that I can do this?” (Matthew 9:28). Later on, after Our Lord’s triumph Resurrection from the dead and Ascension into heavenly glory, Philip would say to the eunuch that desired baptism, “If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest” (Acts 8:37). As the Catechism attest, believing in Jesus Christ is necessary for obtaining that salvation. Clearly, faith is vital in our path to salvation; it is the key to progressing in virtue. Yet, faith-alone is not sufficient for salvation (Council of Trent: Canons on Justification, Canon 9; James 2:26).
As we continue our journey through the first week of Advent and reflect on hope, we must be continuously aware that we have true hope in Jesus because of the virtue of Faith. Both Faith and Hope, along with Charity, form the three theological virtues. Consequently, Faith and Hope are both deeply rooted in the human soul and worthy of reflection during the penitential season of Advent.
In the spirit of Advent, we read from a sermon by St. John Vianney:
My dear brethren, we read in holy Scripture that the Lord, while speaking to His people of the necessity to do good works in order to please Him and to become included in the number of saints, said to them: “The things that I ask are not above your powers; to do them it is not necessary for you to lift yourselves to the clouds nor to cross the seas. All that I command is, so to speak, in your hands, in your hearts, and all around.”
I can easily repeat the very same thing to you, my dear brethren. It is true that we shall never have the happiness of going to Heaven unless we do good works, but let us not be afraid of that, my dear children. What Jesus Christ demands of us are not the extraordinary things or those beyond our powers. He does not require that we should be all day in the church or that we should do enormous penances, that is to say, to the extent of ruining our health, or even to that of giving all our substance to the poor (although it is very true that we are obliged to give as much as we possibly can to the poor, which we should do both to please God, Who commands it, and also to atone for our sins). It is also true that we should practice mortification in many things to make reparation for our sins. There is no doubt but that the person who lives without mortifying himself... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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