How trust and distrust shape us?

The WORD in Other Words by Fr Aris Martin SVD (USA)

Monday 6th Week in Ordinary Time

Valentine’s day celebrates love in all its forms. We know that love grows in the fertile ground of trust. If trust is gone, love loses its excitement and joy.

This reminds me of a breathtaking scene in the movie The Great Wall where Lin tries to convince William to jump over the very high wall and fight against the enemy down. She said, Xin Ren (信任), a Chinese word for trust. “Trust is what keeps me alive.” To which William responded, “I am alive today because I do not trust anybody.”

They seem to be very different but at the end of the movie William’s only weapon in the greatest battle of his life was trust, and he finally said to Lin as if retracting his previous conviction, “We are more similar than we thought.”

Indeed, trust is what keeps us still alive. Trust respects differences and transcends them by focusing on the things that unite.

This is what James is telling us in the first reading: In trying times, we should hold on to God “in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.”

In the Gospel, Jesus is disappointed with the Pharisees and leaves them. They are testing him, distrusting him, and thus, they do not love him.

Distrust is the “Great Wall” that divides us in our relationship with God and with one another. It has destroyed marriages or friendships. Whoever is faithful is trusting. Our call is to be faithful. Without trust, we cannot be called the “lay faithful.”

Source – The WORD in Other Words 2017

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