We call Abraham our father in the faith. This old man trusted, had faith in God’s promise that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in heaven. When asked by God to sacrifice his only son Abraham did not hesitate. He trusted God would keep his promise.
Jesus asked his disciples to trust in him, to trust in God that promises made will be promises kept.
My first appreciation of how difficult trust can be was when I first used a GPS. This voice was telling me ‘turn right, go five more miles then turn left.’ I really had no idea where I was going so I had to trust, have faith in this disembodied voice. The worst part was when the voice said, ‘recalculating’. When I did get to where I was going I was a nervous wreck. These days I have more faith, more trust in a GPS.
Can we imagine God as our GPS, not some disembodied voice but as a father/mother who wants nothing but the best for us. Can we hear God’s voice speaking to us through his Son, Jesus or through the Holy Spirit guiding and teaching us as we make our way through life? Can we allow our Church to be our GPS guiding us to be faithful followers of Jesus our Christ? Are we willing to listen to God’s voice, our Church’s voice that calls us to ‘recalculate’ when we lose our sense of direction? Something to think about.
Fr. Paul Cusack, C.P.