Sunday Readings Reflection: Trusting in GodSeptember 4, 2016 - Spirituality & Theology
Jesus’ address in today’s Gospel opens with a difficult declaration: “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26). What exactly is Christ asking? What does it mean for us to hate our family, to hate ourselves, to carry our crosses, and to renounce our possessions? With these statements, our Lord is simply asking us to trust Him. He likely will not ask us to hate, or carry physical crosses, or own no material possessions, but He is explaining to us the way we must trust in God.
Trusting God is difficult. It is challenging to completely abandon ourselves to a Being that we think we cannot see, hear, or touch until we come to know that he is truly present at Holy Mass, when we receive him in the Eucharist and the sacraments and in those we meet when we reach out to help others. This childlike trust and faith which God requires of His disciples is of paramount importance. Without trusting in Him, we cannot truly follow Him. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to trust God to the point that we are ready to surrender everything that we have been given, our family, our possessions, our comfort, if He so requests it.
Even as putting our trust in God is difficult, it is also immensely rewarding. God has a plan for each and every one of us, and wishes for us to find this path, and follow it. It is impossible for us to find this on our own, as the Book of Wisdom tells us that “the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans” (Wis 9:14). The only way to find this path is to follow Christ, who is Himself “the Way, the Truth and the Life”, and His Spirit, who guides and accompanies us and straightens the path before us (c.f. Wis 9:17-18). This path, created for us from the foundation of the world, is the only road to our complete fulfillment and true happiness. And by following this path, and finding happiness and fulfilment in loving Him and serving others, we bring glory to God.