“The disciples knew Jesus in a merely human way, and that is the problem. So often, our relationship with God is just that. It is skin-deep. We have a dose of faith in our secular life, and feel justified. Religion becomes an extra pill to calm our nerves. We would like a spoonful of faith when God prefers us to drink to the dregs. As they were, the disciples could not really know Jesus Christ. Their eyes were shut. Without the Holy Spirit within them, stretching them, transforming them, they were blind men. So it is with us.”
(Fr Peter Kavanaugh, ‘In the Desert’)