Pondering for Tuesday, April 14th 2020

Eucharistic Readings for Tuesday of Easter Week: All Years

Acts 2:36-41  Psalm 33:18-22   or Psalm 118:19-24 John 20:11-18 

“Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, for in his holy Name we put our trust.

Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.”             (Psalm 33: 21 -22)

By most translations, these are the last verses of Psalm 33.  I think “trust” is the key word here.  Some translators have suggested that the English word trust is a more accurate word for believe.  Many translations have the word “hope” in verse 22. But for me, hope has an element of uncertainty about it or, in the least, the possibility exists that one’s hope may not be made manifest. Trust on the other hand, is putting all our eggs in one basket.  It is not having a plan “B” or a back-up plan. It’s God or nothing.

I know that on our currency we print “In God We Trust.”  I hope that is true for all of us but I have heard some self-proclaimed atheist swear there is no God but that same God loves them.  Just as our currency is a communal way of acquiring our personal and family needs, so too should our trust in God be for the welfare of ourselves, our families and our community – in that order. The God that we trust is a personal, family and Communal God.

Our Lord Jesus, an exact Image of God, began life in his earthly family.  His mother Mary, though poor by the world economy of her day, never had want as her Son and Savior could feed thousands with only a few fish and loaves. Mary trusted in Jesus. Jesus later moved out to the community. And the communities in which he visited also followed him and trusted in him, although some didn’t.

Jesus is present in our hearts, and families and communities today.  But folks, we must trust in him, though we have not seen him in a visual way, still we must trust in him.  Today is not a time for doubt.  Today is the time for all Christians to have that unseen Image of God in our hearts, and in our family.  Now in this time of “Stay at Home” we have time to began anew with the love of Christ in our family.  The time will come when we will again explore community.  If we develop the love of Christ during this period in our lives we can create a renewal of the love of Christ in our Communities. Our prayer must be, “Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.”

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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