Heed the Call of the Father
Do you have a pet, one that comes to you the moment you call or shake the treat bag? Do they come when you call their name? Most of the time, unless they're occupied elsewhere. Why would your pet come if you called their name though? Probably because they've grown fond of you, and trust you would do anything for them. Trust is a key component, as you build that relationship. Without it, your pet probably would ignore everything you say, wouldn't hesitate to claw you at times, and probably would make any attempt to escape. In our everyday relationships, we too need to find trust, before anything can really come of the bond. The same is the case for finding any connection to faith. We first need to trust that God is with us, loves us and guides us in all we do, and build our relationship through prayer, reflection, attending mass, helping others.
Today's Gospel states: 'It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one"' (John 10:22-30).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus tells the people that he and the Father are one. They are one of the same, yet distinct in their own ways as well, but still connected as one. Though taking up the cross and dying for us, Jesus gives us the chance to enter into this relationship as well, coming closer to God, to Him, the Spirit, as we are baptized, as we go through the Sacraments and really put in the effort to be people of faith. That's how we find trust, and hope. Do you continue to put in the effort in your relationships? What about your relationship with God? Take some time to pray and ask God to help strengthen your relationships with trust.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to grow in relationship with You. Help me to work on building this relationship each day, and to put all of my trust in you.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.