Who do you trust?

Exodus 32:7-14

Psalm 106

John 5:31-47

In the past few days we have followed Jesus’ confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees who continually question his authority.  We are made aware of  how they plot to kill Jesus because he is ultimately a threat to their status in the Jewish community.  Jesus reminds them that Moses had previously written about him and had they believed Moses’ writings, they would know and accept who Jesus is.  Not even his miracles seem to phase them in the least.  Even the physical evidence is grounds for their distrust.  However, the Pharisee’s refusal to trust Jesus and his authority will bring God’s judgment upon them.

Trust is not an easy thing to have for others when we have experienced deception in our lives.  What is often unfortunate after such experiences is that we end up trusting only ourselves and what we consider truth independent of the faith community that surrounds us.   There is a danger to isolate ourselves from God’s truth and deceive ourselves into thinking that our limited knowledge and understanding of God is the only way to go.  Not infrequently, we narrow our scope of God’s revealed truth and like the Pharisees refuse to trust the the One who challenges us to growth.  The Pharisees clearly did not want to change their way of thinking and acting.  It might have meant putting aside preconceived notions of who the Messiah was supposed to be.   It meant stepping out of their comfort zone and seeing Christ in a new light.   It meant change…..and that means acknowledging that they did not know it all.

Do we dare trust God to truly transform us?

Who do you trust?


About maurorasmith

Maria is presently working as Minister for Liturgy and Music at St. Mary's University Ministry. She has an Undergraduate degree in Theology and has just completed studies for an M.A. in Theology, both from St. Mary's University.

Posted on April 7, 2011, in Lenten Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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