Seeing the Invisible

 “Too many crucial things about this country turn out to be highly recommended because they are ‘invisible’. There is the ‘hidden hand’ of the free market, the ‘unwritten’ Constitution, the ‘invisible earnings’ of the financial service sector, the ‘magic’ of monarchy and the ‘mystery’ of the Church and its claim to the interpretation of revealed truth.”  (Christopher Hitchens) 

Why do so many Americans claim “none” as their religious affiliation?   

The “nones” believe in the hidden hand of the free market, the unwritten constitution but do not embrace the invisible God who makes visible.   (i.e. the gods of America have better press corp than the spokesmen for the God of the Bible).      With many Christians (Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical) promoting an empty hell, what’s the point of choosing a church with demands?  Francis Chan cautions,  “Don’t believe something just because you want to, and don’t embrace an idea just because you’ve always believed it. Believe what is biblical. Test all your assumptions against the precious words God gave us in the Bible.”

God created the “invisibles” to stir our faith (cf. Acts 17:24-31).

One of Christianity’s requirements is believing in the invisible God.   The Nicene Creed reminds me of our shared belief in the “invisible God.”   Paul taught the invisible things of God were clearly seen (cf. Romans 1:20).    Moses endured the wrath of the king because he saw the one who was invisible (cf. Hebrews 11:27).    Paul offers Timothy up to a King who is invisible (cf. I Timothy 1:17).

While gravity, atoms, air, antimatter and our mind are all invisible ways God reaches out to mankind, God uses even more tangible ways:

  1.  Prophets, the mouthpiece of God speak to nations.
  2.  Priests who live transparent holy lives.
  3.  Kings who serve God first.
  4.  A people who recognize Christ in the poor, the hungry, the sick and the imprisoned (cf. Matthew 25).

When God curses people, the “Invisibles” dry up  (cf. Isaiah 6:10; Jeremiah 5:21) and a nation’s prophets and priests speak out of their own spirit instead of God’s spirit.

The Eucharist unites the Visible and Invisible World.   Here’s how:

  1.  The Church is the Body of Christ (cf. Ephesians 4:1-16; I Corinthians 12-14)
  2.   The Eucharist is the body of Christ (cf. I Corinthians 10:26)
  3.  The Eucharist connects Visible Body of Christ to the world of the Invisibles.

When you stop believing in the Eucharist, you stop believing in the Invisibles of God.

The Catechism of Trent spells it out:

  1. The Church has but one ruler and one governor, the invisible one, Christ, whom the eternal Father hath made head over all the Church
  2. For as we deem Christ not only the author of all the Sacraments, but also their invisible minister ‑‑ He it is who baptizes, He it is who absolves, although men are appointed by Him the external ministers of the Sacraments
  3. For Communion… the body and blood itself of our Lord, which is contained in the Eucharist.  Thus St. Augustine says that this Sacrament consists of two things, ‑‑ the visible species of the elements, and the invisible flesh and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. And it is in the same sense that we say that this Sacrament is to be adored, meaning the body and blood of our Lord.

Having a hard time seeing the invisible?  It’s connected to the Eucharist.

Author: gbradepp

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