Thursday, March 30
Zachary Robinson
Sem. Class of 2021


Bad Trades


“They exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bullock.”  -Psalm 106:20


Today’s first reading is just the first example among many of Israel’s idolatries after their freedom from Egypt. Seriously, read in the Old Testament about the worshiping of the golden calf. Moses has been up on Mount Sinai with God for forty days (cf. Ex 24:18), and the splitting of the Red Sea (cf. Ex 14:21-22), supernatural fire, smoke, and lightning (cf. Ex 19:16-19), and gratuitous manna, quail (cf. Ex 16:9-15), and water from a rock (cf. Ex 17:1-7) are all last month’s news. Apparently, the testimony of God’s works wasn’t powerful enough to convince them that God is faithful. Now they want to make their own god (cf. Ex 32:1 ), to swap the love of the Father for a shiny heifer. That, brothers and sisters in Christ, is a bad trade.


Appropriately, we aren’t so different. The golden calf was the cool thing of the month for the Israelites, and we have our own flashy idols to pay attention to rather than God: the next smart watch, pop stars with new singles, what shoes will be in style this year, the NFL draft. The problem with all of these trends is the same: they are all bad trades.


In fact, there’s only one good trade: Forsake the world, and make Jesus Christ the center of your life. Jesus is adamantly telling us in the Gospel that He is still performing works to testify to the Father’s love for us. “But you do not want to come to me to have life,” he says, reading our selfishness (Jn 5:40). Is this true in your heart? If you aren’t convinced that Jesus is the trade you’re looking for, try this challenge for one week: start looking for His works. I promise you’ll find them. God testifies to His love with His works.


Lord Jesus Christ, don’t let me exchange the glory of Your love for an idol that is a reflection of my forgetfulness.  Father, show me Your works, testify to Your love for me.  Amen.


Ex 32:7-14          Ps 106:19-20,21-22, 23                  Jn 5:31-47