Grace to you!
Yesterday, I shared some thoughts on following in the Lord’s footsteps in our love for one another. Today, I reflect on the virtuous life of confident trust; a life lived in faith in God as an act of righteousness.
From time to time, I hear spouses or friends who feel hurt because their loved ones seem not to trust them. To live in a situation where we feel not trusted can be demoralizing.
The opposite is to live our lives knowing we are trusted by the person(s) who should. Positive energy flows from this recognition. It makes life and tasks easier.
As a leader or supervisor or a parent, you recognize that when you have confidence in someone, there is an aspect of yourself that relies on that person to deliver. You are offering something to the person. You are letting some aspects of what you value be taken care of by the person. There is a sort of bonding in the process. For instance, you can vacation feeling confident that the person has your back. Stress is reduced.
Similarly, it makes communication between you and the person easier. You tend to listen to the person you trust. The person has your ear. You have the person’s ear too. Trust inspires listening.
On the part of the one who is trusted, it motivates. There is an Igbo—a tribe in Nigeria—proverb that says; “One who has the backing of his or her father approaches assigned task with audacity.” If you feel you have the support of your supervisor, it makes you approach things with much enthusiasm and passion.
Consider our relationship with God. Anyone who lives their life based on the belief and the acceptance of the fact that God is everything, all that matters, that person trusts God. Such a trust has impact in the way the person lives their life. The person tends to obey God’s Word more and more. Latin root word for listening --ab audire— is the same root word for obedience.
God does not want anything from us. Neither our gold nor our silver or our sacrifices does the Lord desire (Hos 6:6). Those do not add to or remove from God. Those things don’t make us righteous.
We become righteous by accepting who God is and who God is in our lives. In other words, it is living life in absolute trust, faith, in God our Maker and our Provider. First is to believe God (act of faith), then to act and live according to this belief (obedience of faith).
Abram (Abraham) was reported as righteous because he first believed God. He trusted God. “He believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gn 15:6).
During the transfiguration, we read that the voice of the Father spoke to the three apostles who witnessed the event: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (Lk 9:35).
To listen to the Lord, the Chosen one, the Christ, is an act of faith. It is an act which arises from confident trust that He the Lord is the fulfillment of all our ultimate desires. To live life shaped by this trust is righteous.
Praying for the grace to believe God’s Word and live according to the Word. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Second Sunday Lent C: Gen 15:2-12, 17-18; Phil 3:17-4:1; LK 9:28-36]
Father Maurice Emelu, Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections for the season of Lent your individual spiritual edification. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations. .