The chapter describes faith as experienced as a pilgrimage with acts of trust, moving along in the direction of growing in communion with God in the course of our daily lives. It is fully reasonable to expect then that there will be areas/teachings we need to grow into, to grapple with, to only grasp gradually as though moving from the milk of the Word to solid food. On this journey we are invited to taste that the Lord is good and to submit to the fullness of divine revelation found in Jesus Christ and passed on to us through the Church (chapter 3). This approach, this obedience of faith, contrasts with the current temptation to simply decide for oneself what to believe.
This journey, that includes openness to ongoing conversion, isn’t at all “checking your brain at the front door” as it is at times caricatured. Though indeed there might well be extended times in our lives when we exclaim, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” this is no lazy journey. Quite the contrary, we are challenged to move, to grow, from milk to solid food through the study required to deepen our understanding and to grow in love that moves beyond quarreling and self interest obstructing the way of spiritual maturity.
What’s more, we don’t get to wait to put faith into action until we have been fully trained and have arrived at a state of perfection. No, of course not, we grow through a lot of practice in both small and big things. That practice comes in choosing (discerning) between good choices, and in taking a stand against the challenges opposed to living faithful to Jesus Christ found in personal temptations and the challenges to faith described in the final section of this chapter (and in our daily newspapers). Not surprisingly, sometimes we fall and need to stand up again – but that is another chapter! (Laurie E.)