By Faith, Not By Sight

At Mass today we hear St. Paul reflecting on his life in his Second Letter to the Corinthians. “We walk by faith and not by sight,” he says. You can look at yourself by faith or by sight. Obviously, some at Corinth are looking at Paul “by sight,” what they think he is, but Paul sees himself in another way, by faith.

“We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful;
as unrecognized and yet acknowledged;
as dying and behold we live;
as chastised and yet not put to death;
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing;
as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing and yet possessing all things.”   ( 2 Corinthians 5,1-16)

Some in Corinth see Paul as a deceiver, a nobody, on his way out, beaten, sorrowful, poor, having nothing. Paul sees himself by another light. The NAB commentary on 2 Corinthians says that, though Paul speaks personally he assumes his experience is shared by other people of faith. We’re all called to walk by faith and not by sight.

And so, how do we see ourselves today?

Today, the 58th year of my priestly ordination, I’m beginning a Mission at St. Mary’s Church in Kingston, New York at 7 PM. It’s the last of the Revive Missions sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York that I’m taking part in.

Some would say the church is responsible for the ills of our world, it’s passing away, beaten, a sad thing, having nothing to say any more. But, Paul begins his reflections proclaiming “Now is an acceptable time. Now is the way to salvation.” So, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”

3 thoughts on “By Faith, Not By Sight

  1. Berta

    For some of us who discovered Christ in the last few years thanks to the Catholic Church and it’s people we feel the Church is stronger and more vibrant! We have Pope Francis leading the charge and priests like you Fr Victor who are willing and able to walk by faith and not by sight with all of us! Thank you and all the Passionist’s that have filled our lives with faith, hope and love!!!!!

  2. cenaclemary12

    Blessings on your Ordination Anniversary:
    May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
    May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.
    May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.
    May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

  3. Gloria

    God bless you on your 58th Anniversary of Ordination.
    May God be with you as your dear friend, companion and inspiration
    on your mission to St. Mary’s Parish in Kingston, NY.
    Gloria & Ted

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