A reading from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah 17:5-10
"Thus says the Lord: Cursed is the man, who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a barren bush in the desert, that enjoys no change of season, but stands in lava waste, a salt and empty earth. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in 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. More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I the Lord, alone probe the mind and test the heart. To reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds." The Word of the Lord
I love this reading so much, I had to post something mid-week. Not sure if anyone will see this, but if you are reading it, then its worth it! This passage on Hope and Trust, brings to mind an old movie from the 1960's I believe, with Sidney Poitier ; called "Lilies of the Field." There is one sentence that speaks volumes and it is said by the Mother Superior who is trying so hard to build a chapel and the builders are stingy and the workers don't have the skill or the leadership to show them, and the foreman is discouraged and not fed well and wants to just leave the project. This old German Mother Superior who can't come up with the necessary funds, and has lost her main Foreman, says a profound sentence in her discouragement and frustration-she comes to a raw truth and that Truth breathes hope and life into her, she says: "Fool that am I, for trusting in men, rather than in God." Hope is leaning on Jesus Totally. Planting myself...staying put, not moving in that conviction, that God will answer, God will help me, if I wait on him. Stretching out the roots of my deepest faith, and drinking in the love, that I know He loves me with, even when senses fail. Hope is patiently enduring the 'heat' of suffering, by the grace he gives. Hope is lifting my teary eyes full of trust and waiting like Esther upon the Mercy of God, to assist me. Hope is bearing fruit (the fruit of goodness) in season and out, because it is the right and good thing to do, trusting God's visitation will come. Hope is the most beautiful virtue to cultivate, because it puts a suffering heart, to rest, resting in His Mercy and Love. It is letting God be God, allowing Him to do it, allowing it, to be 'done unto me, as He wills it, waiting for the 'finished product', knowing that Goodness triumphs in the end. What a great thing, at the end of the day, to say the opposite of the Mother Superior: Blessed am I, for trusting in God, rather than in men!