Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Trust & Being Trusted

Tues Nite Sharing - Lk 12:16-34

One of my favourite quotes is from this passage.

Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?
The theme of the last 2 Tues Nite Sharings were on Faith, and it was what I was reading in "Reaching For The Invisible God". And I just realised, it's been nearly a month since I started reading that book, and I'm not even one quarter through it. But I guess it's good ;Þ, cos this tues sharing was on trust, and just so happen, the theme in the book also moved from faith to trust.
A faithful person sees life from the perspective of trust, not fear.
Philip Yancy
And he goes on to talk about faith being trust in a loving God. If we thank Him for the blessings He gives us, we should also trust Him that He will guard us during times of trials. After all He is sovereign (A term we never hear for quite a while) And we can draw a parallel of this trust that we should have of God, with the trust we have in a good friend. If we trust that a friend is reliable, and he doesn't show up at a certain time, that trust would tell us, that there has to be a good reason.

This was really put to the test over the weekend, while we were at confirmation retreat, we got news that Desmond Tham passed away. Shocking because he's only 29 and just married a year and a half. Here's a young guy who exercises regularly, compared with Fr Fossion who smokes, drinks, eats cheese & butter every morning. I was at a loss for words to say to Andrina. How do we see God in that? The only explanation or consolation I have is to trust God. As is said in the first reading of the funeral mass.
"The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace."
Trust was also mentioned on sunday, at the closing mass of the Confirmation Retreat. But this time the sermon by Friar Michael D'Cruz was not about us trusting God, but that God trusts us too. Christ has entrusted us with His mission here on earth. He used the comparison of a mother "trusting" her child to go to the market alone, on an errand. Although not too sure if that's relevant to this generation. Maybe that's why most of them weren't paying attention.
Faith sees even the darkest deed of all history, the death of God's Son, as a necessary prelude to the brightest.
Philip Yancy

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