Let’s start with a definition of faith. It is both a gift from God, infused in us at birth, and a human act of response. By infused at birth, I mean that God gave us the capability to believe in Him when we were born. We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.
Most people have heard the famous line from the Bible, “I was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25). On the surface, yes a blind man is given the gift of sight by Jesus. The analogy of this parable is that without faith we cannot see the truth on our own, but with the gift of faith, we can come to see and understand God’s revelation of Himself. It is through the gift of faith, combined with reason (analysis of truth revealed), that we come to believe in Him. Through the use of reason, we assent to the whole truth as revealed by God in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. This agreement becomes our human act of response.
Understanding the definition of faith helps us to better understand why faith should be important to each of us. God wants to have a loving, personal relationship with each one of us. Relationships require two-way connections – give and take so-to-speak. To have that personal relationship, we must first believe in God and secondly assent to His Truth. With faith, you can get to know God better, and by doing so, begin to see wonderful aspects of your life for which you were once blind to, but now can see.
What does faith mean to you? Why is it important to you? Please use the comments section to get in on the conversation.
Understanding and acknowledging the importance of faith is one thing, but, why should we embrace faith? We learn that answer in the next reflection on the virtue of faith. You won’t want to miss it!