In God we trust. It is on our money. It is on some automobile license plates. We boldly proclaim in our nation that our trust is in God. But do we trust in God?
It is very easy to say we trust in God. It is much harder to really trust in God. Look at the fear around the Coronavirus. Is running out to hoard cleaning supplies or hand sanitizer more an attempt to give ourselves control rather than trusting in God?
Our final destiny is with God in heaven. It is not in this world. When we focus on this world only, we can seek to control the out of control. Signs of this? Even if we have a lot of money, we want more. Even if we are safe, we needlessly worry too much about those we love. Even if we can get by, we take our anger out on those worse off than we are because we want the control so that we do not end up in the same situation as they are in.
Jesus gives us a different path. Jesus completely trusted in the Father’s will for him, even when it led him to death. Even as the divine Son of God he made sure to retreat to prayer, in constant conversation with the Father.
When we completely trust in God, we do not ignore those in need. The rich man lived a good life, but because his trust was focused on this life, he could not see Lazarus the poor beggar, even though he was right in front of him.
Focusing our trust upon God enables us to more fully and completely trust in God and in our neighbor.
Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, help me to trust in you more fully. I can be weak in my faith, and I need your grace-filled reminders that you love me more than I can understand. Help me to more focus on you, so that I see you more clearly in the poor. Give me the grace so that I never walk past you in your need. I make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada