CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 20 October 2018

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How about a million bucks?

I have to say that I am a lucky guy. I don’t know why, but there are so many people nowadays eager to give me millions of dollars.

Yes, probably you have had the same experience. I receive emails almost every day from all over the world, letting me know that relatives in Africa have left me a million or two if only I can provide my email and address; or just let them deposit lots of money in my bank with the promise a good percentage.

Even the daughter of the former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, tried to reach me for weeks and weeks saying she was willing to share a part of her disgraced father’s fortune.

What can I say about the people who know about my newly acquired fortune and are asking me for help, because they have got into a a difficult situation. Interestingly, as they are all in the same part of the world I wonder why I have never been invited to visit them.

Do you think what I am saying is strange? It is not strange—they’re internet scams. And I am wondering how many people really believe this? No, because if no one believed there wouldn’t be any reason to keep doing it.

This should make us reflect on the question of trust. Why don’t I believe in these people? I suppose because it is highly unlikely that someone would promise you millions of dollars out of the blue in an email.

What about the promise of eternal life? It also seems so pretentious. But faith is not a proposal sent out of the blue by email and is not irrational. Faith can be investigated, substantiated, because it is an invitation from Jesus that has invited us we have reason for our hope.

The highest way to experience God’s presence is through the liturgy. The liturgy is not worldly or even terrestrial, so we can experience the supernatural presence that gives us a glimpse of eternity.

C. S. Lewis said, “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”

 

                       
Aurelio Porfiri