TRUST JESUS…TRUST JESUS…TRUST JESUS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the last few weeks, the theme of “trust Jesus” has been throughout my prayer time, Adoration, and heartfelt conversations with Jesus. Last night, at a diocesan youth event with the teens from the Church, the following was read by an incredible young seminarian:

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly. Once more Pilate went out and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And he said to them, “Behold, the man!” when the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered, “We have a law and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” Now when Pilate heard this statement, he became even more afraid, and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” Jesus did not answer him. So Pilate said to him, “Do you not speak to me? Do you know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above. For this reason the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out, “If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”

When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha. It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your king!” They cried out, “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.” (John 19: 1-16)

These words, along with the pictures of Sacred Heart of Jesus, brought me to my knees in prayer at Adoration, “Jesus, I trust you. Jesus, I trust you.”

TRUST JESUS. TRUST JESUS. IN EVERYTHING, TRUST JESUS.

I can trust that Jesus has the details put together. My job is obedience to His Holy Will. I don’t have to know the outcomes of my obedience, because I can trust in His beautiful plans for my life.

Questions to Ponder:

1.  Where do I struggle with surrendering my life to Christ?  What parts of me do I try to take care of on my own?

2.  How does your Christian suffering impact your choice to trust Jesus with the details?

3.  How does your act of trusting Jesus play into your Lenten journey this year?

4.  Colleen Carroll Campebell, in her book, “My Sisters, The Saints,” wrote about the connection between trust and humility.  What is the connection you see between trust in Jesus, and humility?  How does that impact your daily decisions?

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