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March 5

Readings: Is 49:8-15; Jn 5:17-30

"Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him." Jn 5:23

How would you honor someone? Awards? Applause? Certificates? Banquets?
The root of the Hebrew word for honor (kabod) literally means heavy or weighty. So, to honor someone is to give weight or to grant a person a position of respect or authority.

"Honoring" involves how we think, but our way of thinking is expressed by how we act. So, in response to John 5, we are to honor the Son with action. But what action are we to take? How can we honor God?

Our first reading from Isaiah gives us an idea. The Lord tells His people, Zion, that they will be restored — He will not forget them. To illustrate His love, He gives the image of a tender mother and her infant. Yet, despite God's promises, Zion continues to carry on in gloom and despair. They don't "let God be God," as a popular saying goes, and trust in His word.

Saint Faustina tells us that what Jesus welcomes most is our trust in His goodness and mercy. Again, the image of a tender mother appears. "Oh, how painful it is to Me," Jesus tells her, "that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. ... I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. ... In order that you may know at least some of My pain, imagine the most tender of mothers who has great love for her children, while those children spurn her love" (Diary, 1447).

Do we honor Jesus? Do we listen to His voice, trust Him, and obey Him? This is the Father's will.

Lord Jesus Christ, You are Lord of my life, and I surrender to You every part of my life. May I honor You in all that I do. Amen.

Scripture
Phil 2:9-11

Catechism
449

Diary of St. Faustina
245, 1075, 1826

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GMP - Mar 5, 2008

Admitedly trust is my greatest weakness. I work on it endlessly. How can one trust when there is no results to point to and say "this is the result of my trust"? How do I know what happens is the result of my trust, when we are told that whatever happens we are to trust that it is the will of God? For example. I trust that being Prudent is the will of God, so I do not give all my money to the poor. I leave enough for me in order to not be a burden to others (as we are told to do in the Letter of James). Yet we are to give everything and trust in the Lord? So many trusting people have, and I can't trust, I have distrusted my Lord by not giving of my very need.
How much trust is asked for and how is it measured and aquired?

Susan - Mar 5, 2008

Lately I've been asking Jesus an increase in trust. I really work on this too but I believe I have to surrender more. My trust is growing. Someone told me the other day that the Holy Sprit gives us the fruit (singular) vs. fruits; and this fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentelness, faithfulness (trust), and self-control. I told him I've got some of them, and he said that the spirit is to give all of this fruit. It was food for thought.