TUESDAY 5TH WEEK
Kathryn Zagrobelny, C ‘14
"For if you do not believe that I AM, You will die in your sins."
I don’t know about you, but if I had to wander around the desert for years and years without knowing where I was going, I’d freak out. I freak out over plenty of smaller things. In today’s first reading, the Israelites have been in the desert for a long time and no end is in sight. No wonder they begin complaining! But while we understand their reaction, we shouldn’t imitate them. The Israelites didn’t trust that God would lead them safely out of the desert. They thought they were going to die. God punishes His people for their lack of trust, but when they repent and lift up their problems, He helps them and (literally) saves their lives.
Lent gives us the same chance to repent and ask the Lord to save us. The Psalm invites us to offer our needs and vulnerabilities to God because He will take care of them. Anything we bring to Him, He takes from us and helps us with. We just have to trust Him. The Gospel also reminds us of this. At the beginning, Jesus foreshadows His upcoming death by telling the Pharisees He is leaving. If they don’t trust He is who He says He is, they will not be able to find Him again. Jesus tells the Pharisees if they don’t believe in Him, they will die. He isn’t just talking about earthly death, but He means they won’t experience the joys of new life in heaven. They, like us, need to trust that Jesus comes to us from God, our Father. He says Himself He does nothing on His own, everything He does is from His Father. As his followers, we must imitate His -trusting in God and giving Him everything.
Lord, I trust in You, strengthen my trust. Amen.
Nm 21: 4-9, Ps 102: 2-3, 16-21; Jn 8: 21-30