Proper 12+B 26 July AD 2015 The Reverend Robert R.M. Bagwell+
Is it not amazing how we human beings are afraid of what we do not understand? And yet when we state such Truths as : if we completely knew and could figure out God, we would be as great as God is, and we would surely find a lot of security in that! That is what we need faith in order to receive. Faith is not based upon what we know like a science experiment. Faith is about knowing the who our faith is in rather than the what. We live in a time that began with an "enlightenment" and the "scientific method", when miraculous engineering feats and seemingly god-like medicine and procedures. We are so wedded to this perspective, that we are completely disillusioned when some such findings and technologies fail us. The rational methods do not account for faith, or love, or any kind of feeling.
Jesus brought us what theologians call "signs and wonders." In our cultural context, that so denies what they cannot control or explain there is a strong vein of God denial and for some, God hatred. We see that among modern atheists who use a false judgment of a past Supreme Court decision, to persecute primarily Christianity today.
But look at how God works: through prophets and through His Son Jesus. God sees a genuine need and when called upon in faith, he responds to that need. We have two such stories today: Elisha the prophet and Jesus of Nazareth. The Elisha story does not give us much detail, but clearly God responded to Elisha and provided for the need God put before him. Psalm 103:(13-14) says: As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.