The mystery of the missing plane is exercising the media like nothing else has done for quite some time. Constant news updates reveal that every imaginable line of enquiry is apparently being followed.
One aviation expert told callers to a popular radio phone-in show this week that even far-fetched possibilities, dismissed at the beginning, are now being considered Nobody knows anything, and so all sorts of possible, if unlikely, explanations are being examined by the experts.
The media is working hard, endlessly interviewing the various experts in aviation technology, with commentary wall to wall round the clock, and newspaper reporters and TV presenters are pointing to maps and other images galore, all carefully explained for maximum audience comprehension. Calls to mind Our Lord’s observation that “…the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.”
For, if Catholics spent half the amount of time, energy and imagination on working to explain the great mysteries of our Faith as the news-researchers and chat show hosts are doing to explain the mystery of the missing Malaysian flight MH370, the world would be converted in no time.
As you may have guessed by now, this is a corny way to introduce a thread of discussion on atheism and agnosticism. A discussion with a difference because the key question is not “how can we prove to unbelievers that God really exists?” but, rather, do atheists and agnostics really exist? Take a look at the photo of the rescue workers at prayer at Kuala Lumpur airport. Is there anyone who hasn’t uttered a prayer for the passengers, crew, and relatives of all those on board missing flight MH370?
In short – if there really are unbelievers and agnostics in the world today, isn’t this a greater mystery than the mystery of the missing plane? Greater, even, than any mystery of our Faith?