Is the Church Anti-Science?

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

This Sunday’s readings talk about two different ways of knowing the truth. “Scarce do we guess the things on earth, and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty; but when things are in heaven, who can search them out? Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high? (Wis 9:16-17).

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Thinking As God Thinks

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

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Last Sunday we read in the gospel of how Peter was the Rock upon which Jesus builds the Church. In this Sunday’s gospel, just a few verses later, Jesus rebukes Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” What happened? Why does Jesus suddenly have such a different attitude about Peter? In truth, Jesus hasn’t changed His mind about Peter. Peter remains the Rock upon which the Church is founded. It is Peter who, in this moment, has changed his mind in that he is no longer thinking like God thinks.

God has a way of shattering our preconceptions. He’s not bound by our expectations. He doesn’t operate according to our rules. As C. S. Lewis said of Him (under the guise of Aslan) in The Chronicles of Narnia, “He’s not a tame lion.” 

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