In the Gospel reading today from Mark 9, Jesus’ disciples were arguing about who was the greatest. When Jesus asks them what they are arguing about, they go silent. No doubt they were embarrassed to admit to Jesus that they were probably stating their cases as to why they were the greatest. Jesus clears up any confusion for them. He says, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
In our first reading today from Sirach 2, we are told to trust God. Three times the sacred author reiterates this. “Trust God and God will help you; trust in him, and he will direct your way…trust him and your reward will not be lost.” This idea of trusting God seems like a no-brainer. But I believe that there are levels of trust. It’s easy enough to trust a little, or selectively. But it is much more difficult to trust completely. To trust God enough to hand over every aspect of our lives. When we do, our trust will be rewarded. How?
Sirach says, “Your reward will not be lost.” What are those rewards? He alludes to them right after – “…lasting joy and mercy…your hearts will be enlightened.” I’ve found in my own life that the fruit of trust is peace. When we truly trust that God is taking care of us, our hearts are enlightened, and we are rewarded with his peace.
Lord, we put our trust in you. Enlighten our hearts, show us your joy and mercy, and give us your peace. Amen.