Pentecost +2 - Year B
The spirit of faith that moves one from “belief” to “speech” is universal. It is the same whether it is a political right or left party or religion. In and of itself there is basic sound and fury signifying only intensity of felt belief.
It is a wonderfully circular business, this faith to speech to faith. Around and around it goes; where it stops, nobody knows. Here it is belief that G*D raised Jesus (rather than Jesus using his own bootstraps, unless, of course, G*D is Jesus, as so many affirm) and will, of course, raise us (and you, if you join “us”).
So we don’t lose heart or think a second thought. Everything is lined up and we are not willing to stretch past the limits of this purity of process and purpose. In fact, everything that happens to us is a reflection back of what it is we believe. If it should bring persecution, which is how we interpret any resistance (it being Dalekian futile), this is but a temporary setback - we never lose the war, only a battle.
Faith, thus exercised, is a wonderfully comfortable restraint that we will not give up without considerable cognitive dissonance first.