Pastor Bonus

16 04 2008

I just thought this was a cute quote, from an article by George Weigel on the Papal visit:

Benedict’s catechetical skills with children are also
striking. Six months after his election, he met
thousands of Italian 8- and 9-year-olds who had just
made their first communion. One of them asked how
Jesus could be present in the consecrated bread and
wine of the Eucharist when “I can’t see him!”

To which the pope replied, “No, we cannot see him;
there are many things we do not see, but they exist
and are essential … We do not see an electric current;
yet we see that it exists. We can see that this
microphone is working, and we see lights. We do not
see the very deepest things, those that really sustain
life and the world, but we can see and feel their
effects … So it is with the Risen Lord: we do not see
him with our eyes, but we see that wherever Jesus is,
people change, they improve, there is a greater
capacity for peace, for reconciliation …

In the end, that is all we can say about God: His existence is as certain as flipping a switch, though His existence is not as visible. But we know He is there. He is the ground of all that we do, think, and feel.