It’s hard to imagine that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day would not easily accept Jesus as the Messiah – his followers knew, just by his words, his actions, his teachings. They doubted that this man truly was the Son of God! But, how would we react if someone came into our midst, sharing the teachings as Jesus did – would we immediately accept his word that he was the one true King?
We see our doubts flourish as we enter into decisions in our own lives – election choices that will bring our nation to its fullest, choosing the leaders we need to better our own communities and our churches, even personal decisions within our own families. We’ve seen families and friendships fall away because of political and opinionated discourse. And it is a difficult path, at times, to decipher truth from untruth. But I would treasure a chance to hear Jesus preach, feeling the depth of his love in every word, wanting so desperately to see him rise. Oh, but wait – that is the experience we can enjoy every day! We hear his words every time we open a bible, and he arose in a way that has given strength and hope for us, and for future generations.
There must be prayer with every decision we make, and there must be a trust that the one true leader is Jesus Christ himself. He will take care of the rest, and through prayerful discernment, we will come to a place in this world where fear and doubt will no longer exist but be replaced by an undoubtable trust.
Patty Masson supports the Passionists from Spring, Texas.