07 A Journey as Long and Enriching as Life - Fr Vincent D’Cruz

posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:27 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:27 AM ]
Journeys are something so common, and yet sometimes so special. We have different kinds of journeys we undertake; some are long, others are short. Some journeys last from a few minutes to a few hours, while others could take longer. Some journeys are the sources for novels and biographies, others for movies. Whatever the type of journey, the bottom line is that we all take up journeys in our life almost every day.

Amidst all the many journeys we undertake, be it to school, work, college, the market, business trips, vacations etc. there is one journey that mostly goes unnoticed, or does not always enjoy the same attention and leverage other journeys might. This is our "Faith journey." Faith Formation Sunday gives us the opportunity to reflect and review our Faith Journeys at the personal level, the family level and at the communitarian level. These few lines written here aim to assist this reflection.

Before we really dig deep and get in touch with our faith journeys, it would do well to situate ourselves and understand what we are called to reflect on as we observe Faith Formation Sunday. What is this faith? Is it the same thing as 'putting our faith in a human person'? What does 'forming one's faith constitute?

To clarify these preliminary questions, we take recourse to the deposit of faith - The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Chapter III of the first part of the CCC spells out to us what faith is in its very title – 'Man's Response to God'. The chapter begins by stating that God, out of the fullness of His love, calls us His friends and invites us humans to enjoy His company, and the "adequate response to this invitation is faith." (CCC 142)

The term 'adequate response' could well be understood as the complete submission of intellect and will (CCC 143) and as the personal adherence of humans to God; as a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed (CCC 150) in various ways, but most importantly, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Hence, on Faith Formation Sunday, we call to mind our Christian Faith, which is different from the faith we place in any human person.