[COLUMN] Trust

Trust is important in any relationship, whether with God or with human beings, as it serves as the foundation and key to a healthy and harmonious connection. This principle holds true across various human endeavors, including business, politics, the church, or any organization. While individuals may collaborate towards a shared objective, without trust in each other, the realization of their vision, mission, and goals would be impeded.

Therefore, teamwork encompasses not only working towards a common goal but also trusting in others’ genuine intentions and capabilities.

The significant value of trust is underscored in this Sunday’s (April 21) Readings. In the First Reading from Acts 9:26-31, Jesus’ disciples hesitated to trust Saul, who later assumed the name Paul and joined them in their mission to proclaim their faith in Jesus. Despite Saul’s previous persecution of Christians, should they trust him, especially with Barnabas’ assurance that Saul had encountered the Risen Christ, embraced faith, and posed no threat to them?

The Second Reading from 1 John 3:18-24 underscores trust as the ability to profess one’s faith not only through words but also through actions and authentic displays of faith. To earn trust from others, one must demonstrate genuine intentions through deeds and exemplary behavior.

The Gospel Reading from John 15:2-8 delves deeper into our trust in God. To demonstrate a robust faith in Him to others, we must emulate branches deeply entwined with the vine. Jesus conveys in the Gospel: “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Amid life’s trials, maintaining steadfast faith in God is crucial. By doing so, we encourage others to also trust in God, for as the Good Shepherd, He exudes boundless love and mercy, ensuring none stray from His guidance.

Let us continue nurturing trust in one another and uphold our faith in Jesus and all He represents.

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The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Asian Journal, its management, editorial board and staff.

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Fr. Rodel “Odey” Balagtas is the pastor of Incarnation Church in Glendale, California.


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