Lectio: Gospel of Luke 21:5-11
"See that you not be deceived"
When a young woman is given an engagement ring by the man who holds her heart; her heart just explodes with joy, she knows she is truly cherished and loved - precious to him! Her mind runs into the joys of the future... how will it all be with her loving husband? God willing ...children, and a home and yard and the list goes on. Does she ever question and ask herself at that moment; "wait a minute, is this a real diamond or is it a rhinestone"? If she did, it would be a shallow concern by that point in their relationship and at that moment. Why? Becomes she knows him (or should) and that knowledge of him has grown so deep from spending time with him, the question would never enter her mind and heart nor would such pettiness and shallowness be present. It would be unfitting to doubt and mistrust the genuineness of the man she has come to know and love. "See that you not be deceived". If she has spent time with him, and has come to know him well, she knows he wouldn't give her a rhinestone engagement ring anymore than he would walk out on her. She is confident in him because she has come to know him and she is ready to put all "her chips" on him, she trusts her heart completely to him. Can we trust Jesus even more? Because He loves us even more!
Can we be so utterly confident of truth, because we have spent time with Him. He is revealing Himself to us constantly. His truth is changeless. We must take the trouble to pray and to pray well to 'be with Him'. We must seek to share from our heart with Him, and really be vulnerable, relating, listening, and often times, just sitting in silence and being with Him or maybe just crying with Him and allowing Him to comfort your heart. Good Relationships take all of this and more, there is no other way to come to know another, than by truly being with them and allowing the other to reveal themselves and receiving that "revelation" and sharing in turn with them. Example; Its one thing to say I know all about Jean Vanier and its another thing to say, I know Jean Vanier. It reminds me of when someone shares a story about Mother or a quote...some quotes I think to myself..."hmmm I'm not sure about that, it doesn't sound like Mother ". When you know the person, you know their language and how they would convey something, its hard to deceive someone - when we know the person and have a close friendship with them. The Lord knows how deceptive the many "voices" are, which are part of our daily lives, (the world, ourselves and the evil one) and that is why He cautions us to "see", open our eyes, be attentive spiritually and know truth, know Him well.
"The devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes to make us feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves me....this is the danger for us all and it is completely opposite of what Jesus is really wanting and waiting to tell you. Not only that He loves you, but He misses you when you don't come close. He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy, not accepted by others, even by yourself sometimes. He is the one who always accepts you" (Mother Teresa)