Sermon in a Sentence: St. Thomas Aquinas (April 16, 2014)

“We should believe what is of faith even more than the things that we see, since man’s sight may be deceived, whereas God’s knowledge is never at fault.”  –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 123. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.


Isn’t this a blessed thing to remember? “God’s knowledge is never at fault.” It seems a silly thing to believe more in what we cannot see than in what we do. But it is true–our senses fail us and are limited in what they can perceive. We may see one thing, but in truth, the thing we see is not what we think it is. How blessed is it, then, to look to God with childlike confidence and faith, and exclaim, “Your knowledge is never at fault, O my God! Teach me that I may see!”

And God is faithful to teach us, so long as we seek Him and do not rely on what our feeble senses can perceive. He can teach us to have faith in His laws, His commandments, His wisdom, for it is never at fault. How often can we say that of our own perceptions? And how foolish it is for us to continue to rely on our own perceptions when we have the wisdom and omniscience of Almighty God to uphold us in the way of truth! How dare we look at something and make judgment on it, demanding of God an explanation, demanding of Him justice, demanding of Him relief from sorrow? It is He Who sees all things as they really are, and it is He Whose knowledge of us is perfect and faultless.

Therefore, we would do well to remember that His knowledge infinitely surpasses our own, and have faith in His judgments and in what He allows to happen to us, or what He allows us to see. When we look upon things with the eyes of faith, trusting God to show us the truth, He is always faithful. But we must trust and we must have faith; otherwise we will continue to be led astray by our own weak senses and judgments. Without the light of God’s knowledge, we are but wandering sheep.

Let us make a firm resolution to God to trust in Him, to make use of the lights and graces He gives us and to not rely on our own knowledge, for He is the Only One Whose knowledge is perfect and faultless, and it is He Who also holds the power to help us see. So before we make a judgment on some occasion or person that comes across our lives, let us look first with the eyes of faith and trust God to reveal to us what the truth is, and how we should go about living it.

+Deo Gratias!+

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