Trust; A Lenten Resolution

John 7:1-2.10.25-30 Friday of the Fourth week of Lent Today when contradictions flare up, I will not sigh in despair, and I will try to make an act of hope: “Long live Christ the King!”
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John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Introductory Prayer:
Jesus, I truly believe and hope in you and your Gospel. You have touched me by the example of trust your had in your Father’s plan. I adore you and thank you with my whole heart.

Lord, help me to trust more in your divine providence.

1. A Way Out When Cornered:
A cornered bear will reacts by the instinct of self-preservation and fights until death. Christ, never, showed a different attitude when challenged. He seemed  always to be calm and in control of every situation. He knew that not a single hair would fall from his head unless the Father deliberately permitted it to occur. Many times my fears corner me to the point of being spooked. To conquer my many fears, I need to believe more, hope more, and love Christ much more.

2. The Force of Love:
It is interesting to note how Jesus originally planned to stay behind in Galilee. But out of charity and trust in His Father’s will, he decided to set out on a the perilous journey to Judea. Once there, he almost forgot the danger that loomed before him. Love gave Christ the capacity to give himself more. Christ felt a renewed strength as he had compassion for the lost sheep in Judea. It seemed that no threat could diminish his resolution to feed the spiritually hungry, cure the sick, and teach the ignorant. Love gave Christ the capacity to give himself more. Love protects life from prejudices and complaints.

3. Proof of God’s Love:
The soldiers tried to arrest Jesus, but they were blocked. The Father did not decide to given up his Son yet. Cancer, global warming, the nuclear bomb, terrorism and natural disasters – things that might seem threatening us – should not tempt us to fearfully flinch. Trust is really trust! Jesus invites us to trust, and this is powerful. Saint Paul says, in Romans that “all things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28).  The important thing in life is for us to keep our thoughts and efforts focused on God’s will and to live doing good generously serving others. “Seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides” (Luke 12:31).

Conversation with Christ:
My Lord and Savior, I know that my vision is often short-sighted. Teach me to love and to trust. I know that often my vision is short-lived. Enlarge my heart so that I can endure adverse situations, and predicaments can be endured for the sake of my eternal salvation. Jesus, I trust in you!

Today when contradictions flare up, I will not sigh in despair, and I will try to make an act of hope: “Long live Christ the King!”

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