“Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”- Psalm 33:22
Where do we look for God when our hearts are troubled? Are we waiting for God to be revealed even though God has been here all along? We might even find it difficult to recognize the presence of God in places we don’t expect God to reside, such as in our pain, our struggles, and our loss. Jesus had been with his disciples for a while now, but they still didn’t know him; they had seen him but didn’t recognize him; they had listened to him, but didn’t hear him; they loved him, but didn’t trust him. Sometimes we try so hard to make others see us, hear us, believe us, or love us; sometimes we are even distracted by who we are and how we are seen. We secretly wish for our mystery to be recognized by those around us, even if it is not understood. We might even desire for those we love to see how our mystery intertwines with theirs. Jesus tried to tell his disciples that their lives are intertwined with his, and his mission is also their mission. Our lives are intertwined with the life of Jesus, we are part of the mystery, we are to continue his work—God’s work. The readings today remind us that we have been entrusted with God’s work, a Holy purpose. God trusts us to find our way through the hills and valleys of life, and we must trust God to see us through the most difficult parts of life—meeting us at our points of need, even soothing our troubled hearts.
So, when our hearts are troubled, have mercy on us Lord, as we place our trust in you.
When we are not seen or heard, have mercy on us Lord, as we place our trust in you.
When we find it difficult to understand the mystery of our existence, have mercy on us Lord, as we place our trust in you.
When we are rejected, have mercy on us Lord, as we place our trust in you.
When we get disillusioned while doing God’s work, have mercy on us Lord, as we place our trust in you.
Jesus has already prepared a way for us so we can share our faith with confidence and announce the goodness of God. May our faith be strong and may our service bear good fruit.
Written by Vivian