What if it was proved that God really didn’t exist?

32 Sunday Ordinary Time Yr C.  2013



Pause……long….to the point of uncomfortable….


The Lectionary has an amazing way to lead us in our journey, and today is no exception my friends!


This is one of the questions that was laid in my lap as I walked through this week:


What if it was proved that God really did not exist? 

What would you do?


After pondering I replied:  Well, I would hope that my life at least did not make anyone else’s life any worse or more burdened, and at best, I would hope that maybe over the years I was able to offer some hope, healing, love and companionship to someone else along the way.


And…I added:


From what I have seen and witnessed in my life and the lives of many others, I would hope that I would continue to believe that the proof was wrong!


Two days later another question was laid in my lap:

You are a believer right?


To which I was happy to say: 


Yes indeed I am a believer…


but understand I may not believe in the same way that you do, but trust me, I do believe!


You see my friends the readings over these past few weeks, as we near the end of the liturgical year and with the First Week of December will begin a new liturgical year….they are readings which cause us to pause and ask ourselves some very deep and very profound questions. 


Questions about humility, about life and death, about the paradoxes in which we live and the love that we are encouraged to live in, and about eternity.


One of my Spiritual Directors said the most profound homily he ever heard was given on a retreat he attended.  He said it was only three sentences long but he had not stopped contemplating its depth in over 20 years:


Life is short.  Eternity is long.  Think about it!


Our history is riddled with torture, abuse, neglect, prejudice,…we have shamed, killed and maimed millions of people, all in the name of God…..or should I say…..all in the name of religion which has taught us how we ought to believe about God.


If this Gospel story does nothing else for us today, at the very least it ought to stand as a constant reminder, that what we know and understand and how we speak about God and eternity we will NEVER grasp the profundity of it!








I leave you today with these words to ponder from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians:  



May our God, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through grace, encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good deed and word!


And with this question:


What if it was proved that God really did not exist? 

What would we do?





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