March 21, 2019
In past homilies, I have often said: “When we need God the most, we turn to Him the least. When the going gets tough, we tend to go it alone.”
Today’s first reading, from the prophet Jeremiah, reminds us of that very thing: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5)
I struggle with giving my complete trust to God. I have gotten better, but I’m not there yet. I guess that’s the reason I have made the point repeatedly in homilies – I figure if I keep saying it aloud I might get the message myself.
Why in the world do I have a problem turning things over to God? Some possible answers:
- I don’t believe He can get the job done. (Lack of faith)
- I can do it better. (Arrogant)
- No one can do this. (Giving up)
- I can do this on my own. (Control freak)
- He has let me down in the past. (Untrue)
- I’m scared. (Bingo)
Fear. It’s the same reason I never learned to swim. My dad said he’d catch me, but I wouldn’t even jump. Fear of failure, fear of letting go, fear of the unknown, fear of what others may think, fear I’ll let someone down, and on and on.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Let us pray:
Good and gracious God: Take away my fear. Give me the courage to turn toward You in need, to trust in Your love, to jump into Your arms so you can help me swim. Be the water that nourishes me and helps me grow. Take away my fear that I may bear fruit. Amen