Fr. Chris Michelson in his Homily today pointed out something he said he had not realized in his 32 years of priesthood until now - and that I thought was cool.
Read today's Old Testament reading:
The Lord God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.
He then said to him,
“I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land as a possession.”
“O Lord GOD,” he asked,
“how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
He answered him,
“Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
and placed each half opposite the other;
but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.
When the sun had set and it was dark,
there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying: “To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates.”
What do you notice?
After taking Abram outside and asking him to count the stars, God sets Abram to procuring animals for sacrifice, which he does and waits with them . . . until "the sun was about to set."
Which means - when God brings Abram outside and asks him to look up at the sky and count the stars it was during the day.
You cannot see the stars during the day. Or, maybe you can - if you look into the blue and put your faith in the Lord that they are, indeed, there. As Abram did.
So when God says something or someone is there - especially when He says His spark is in your fellow man, whether you like him or not - do you need to see it literally or are you able to have a vision of faith and trust God when He says it is there?