Jesus is confidence! When He asks the Father for something and prays for others He never turns back to check on how things are going, or has any expectations of the outcome.
Last week we spoke about how God the Father helps us to fall in love with Jesus, so that we will follow Him and thus be led by the Holy Spirit to participate in the love, joy, and happiness of the mystery of God. We were asked to reflect on what we truly believe about Jesus, and when we first ‘fell in love’ with Him.
Upon reflection, I realized that at an early age it was the love my father had for me, and the love I had for him that brought me to understand and to fall in love with God the Father. It was not until my thirties that I realized that something was missing in my relationship and understanding of God. I would pray to God the Father with ease, but when praying to Jesus there seemed to be a veil in front of my understanding of Him. I prayed for help with this, and began to read the Bible. I started a spiritual journal where I would converse daily with Jesus on a deeper, and more intimate level. We became friends, and I slowly, inch by inch, fell in love with Jesus. He is my Lord and Savior, but in addition, my confidant, surety, rock and calm center in the storms of life. Jesus gave me confidence by means of prayer, reading Scripture, and charitable works.
Jesus is confidence! When He asks the Father for something and prays for others He never turns back to check on how things are going, or has any expectations of the outcome. Jesus taught, prayed, led, healed and redeemed with certainty. Jesus spoke about sending His Spirit to the disciples at the Last Supper to assure them to keep the faith, knowing only to Himself what was to happen next. He wants us to be just as confident, regardless of what life presents us. What was present at the Last Supper in that moment of time, is present here in our moment of time; good and evil, holiness and sin. We are not perfect people but Jesus offers us forgiveness and restoration, a way of living that helps us to make choices for goodness and holiness. We need God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and we have a choice to make in order to live this new way of life.
This Memorial Day weekend as we honor those men and women who have died while serving in the military, I celebrate the anniversary of my own father’s death twenty two years ago. I am confident that the man who was my true model of a father’s love is participating in the love, joy and happiness of being with God in heaven. I thank God the Father, the source of all truth, for revealing all to Jesus the Son, who through the Holy Spirit, imparts it to us all. Let’s pray, “Come Holy Spirit, Creator blessed, and in our hearts take up thy rest, come with thy help and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which thou hast made.” Here’s to falling deeply in love!
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