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January 4th, 2014
James Doyle
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“He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see’” (John 1:39a)

I think the hardest question that we face in life is why.  Why am I joyful or hurting?  Why was I blessed in one way, but not in another?  Why does my cross seem to be lighter than someone else’s?  Why did my loved one have to die?  Why me?  Why, why, why…There is an infinite number of why questions that we could ask that seem to have no answer.  We could never adequately explain why things are the way that they are, and, often times, when we pray for an answer, God never seems to have one for us.

But what if He does?  What if God does have an answer for every why question we ever had?  I believe that He does and I believe that we hear it in today’s Gospel.  “Come, and you will see.”  We could never understand why bad things happen to good people.  That is just the way God made it, but when we follow after Him, we slowly come to understand, in some unexplainable way, His eternal plan.  We are limited by time.  We think it terms of past, present, and future, but Heaven and the Communion of Saints is outside of all time.

The analogy I have sometimes heard used is that of a tapestry.  In this life, we only see the back.  We see where it has been stitched together, where threads end and new ones start, where nothing seems to match up with anything else, and the entire thing looks like a mess.  But in Heaven, we will understand.  We will know, and we will rejoice.  We will see the other side of the tapestry, and its beauty will cause us to forget all of the painful experiences, all of the unanswerable “why” questions that we asked in this life.  But the Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus invites us to begin traveling down this road today.  “Come,” He beckons.  And we desire to go, we can be assured that all of our deepest desires, all of our dreams will come true.  Like St. Augustine wrote, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”

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