Faith as Common Sense
(A sermon of Father Daniel Callam for this Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
A theme common to Ezekiel and Saint Mark, the readings we have just heard, is the necessity of faith—and, be it said, the difficulty of achieving it. The history of the Jews is a catalogue of the sin of idolatry, i.e., of surrendering their allegiance to the one true God for pagan idols. And it was a lack of faith at Nazareth that prevented Jesus from “doing deeds of power” there. And what about us? How strong is our faith? Well, you’re here, which indicates that it’s active.