Thursday of the Fourth Week in Epiphany
1 John 5:1-12
John Wesley, eighteenth century founder of the Methodist movement, said that we have a sixth sense. While today we often hear a sixth sense referred to as “intuition,” John affirmed that this is faith—the capacity to claim as true, realities that escape our five physical senses. Faith is at the heart of the reading for today: “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
I once had a spiritual director who was a priest and a concert violinist; his name was Cyril Schommer. Later in life, he became blind. He claimed that he could play the violin better than ever, as hearing became more sensitive to compensate for his loss of sight.
So it is with faith. When outer senses recede, the sense of faith has a chance to grow. Though it be only the size of a mustard seed, Jesus said that faith can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. During the seasons of Advent to Epiphany this year, we read the three letters of John.