January 28, 2017
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”
When Fr. James Martin S.J. took a job as a corporate accountant for General Electric because that’s what graduates of Wharton Business College did, he was miserable. One night on TV, he happened to catch a show about Thomas Merton, the great Trappist writer. To his surprise, it spoke deeply to him -- his first inkling of a call that eventually led him to the Jesuits.
Fr. Martin describes this road in his book,
In Good Company
. I highly recommend it not only as a great read but also as an illustration of the message of today’s reading from Hebrews: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” The story should resonate with those who have struggled with following a prompting of the spirit that they neither expected nor understand.