If faith is in us, that means it goes where we go -
into the dramas, into the ordinariness, into our relationships, into our responsibilities, into the mystery of the future.
Beliefs are sometimes inconvenient things to have.
They require that we stand up and be counted.
They separate us off, sometimes, from others.
Occasionally, unless we are living holy lives, they make us intolerant.
But, without them…without convictions dearly held, and carefully thought through, we trade being men and women of true humanity - for a quiet life.
Not much of a deal.
Love without boundaries is here in the Sacrament. Salvation without reservation is here. It is finished. The work is complete. The last word has been spoken.
Bread and wine say loud and clear
Have no fear. You matter. You are free.
So we are entitled to sing and to smile.
Nothing can ever be the same again. Because he lives, striding victorious across the world.
When all eternal dimensions are denied; when spiritual hunger is dismissed; when the true status of each individual life as a miracle of God's creative love and purpose is undermined - no wonder the world shudders and groans in pain, no wonder so many lives are full of anguish and anxiety.
When Man is God - we see the wreckage all around us and feel the pain of a world without a soul.
At Communion - wherever our journey has taken us, we are home again. The Lord is host at his Table, and we are together with our brothers and sisters around that table. Back where we belong.
The thing about museums is that you can wander in and no-one bothers you. But the Church is not the custodian of ancient exhibits and sacred relics…but a living force for God...where all the wounded can come for healing. The Church is there to make a difference - to be an agent of rebirth and reconciliation - not simply to cling by the fingertips to the fading memories of past glories.
Some Christians, steeped in the unbelief of the world, or afraid that they might be accused of being gullible, try to strip the Christian story of the miraculous elements, in the hope that so pruned, it will appeal to more people. Yet the whole story of the Christian faith is permeated with the conviction that God acts in the world.
The whole conviction of the Bible is that God does involve himself in our world and in our life - and that it makes perfect sense for the individual Christian, or the Christian community, to invoke his power, invite his Spirit into our need, to bring changes, to work his miracles small and large.