Monday, April 20, 2020

From Encounter to Trust

"The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 4:8)

There's something mysterious about this faith of ours, and yet it makes total sense.  None of us can pinpoint its true origin, nor can know where it's headed.  But we see it, understand it, and live it, as it exists in the hearts of all.

Now, it would be fair to say that we can identify its origin with the birth of Jesus Christ, or at Pentecost, with the establishment of the Church, but this mystery has been present since the beginning of creation.  This wind swept over the mighty waters. (Genesis 1:2)  Moses heard and knew the Lord from a Burning Bush! (Exodus 3: 1-14) Christ called upon its history when he reminded the faithful that the "new law" was to follow the already established existing law, to "love the Lord with your whole heart," (Deuteronomy 6:5) and to "love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18) Finally, Christ eluded to an innate common sense that identifies our ability to decipher this mystery when he said that, "When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is..."  Therefore assuring us that we are very well equipped to live and trust in this faith of ours!

So what do we have such a hard time trusting?

The clouds still gather in the western sky before the storm, and the south wind still continues to make things hot.  While mysterious in nature, do you think God can follow up on the things that he has promised? (cf. Isaiah 46:11) Do you think that His love for you is true, and that his path for you is secure? (cf. Psalm 37: 3-4)

"But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God." (John 3: 16-21)

"The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things." (John 3:31)

"A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time, and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel, be careful what you are about to do to these men... Have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God." (Acts 5: 35, 38-39)

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