From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 30, 2011
If someone that you have never met or even seen came up to you and told you to follow them, would you listen? Would you trust the stranger or would you simply ignore them and move on with your daily routine? Today’s popular Gospel reading from Matthew looks at the trusting relationship that Jesus has with his followers, his people who put all of their faith in the stranger, the unknown. Why is it that these fishermen decide to drop their nets and follow Jesus?
This Gospel revolves upon the value of trust. Trusting in someone can often be hard to do. For some, trusting comes easy. In today’s Gospel, Peter and Andrew, and then later James and John decide to immediately drop their nets and follow Jesus after he says, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”. They trusted in him and had no second thoughts about following Jesus.
I would have a difficult time trusting someone that I have never met. When I was little, I attended a Safety Town program in which I was taught over and over again to not talk to strangers and to not accompany them when we were asked to follow them to their car. Trusting in strangers is something that I continue to struggle with and believe I will always struggle with because I was brought up to not trust in people I don't know. However, the fishermen did not say ‘no’ or ‘I do not trust you’; rather, their actions reflected their trust in this man.
Trust. How do you trust the stranger? Are you able to put your faith in Jesus just as the fishermen did in today’s Gospel? Are you willing to drop your nets or whatever you are doing to follow and put your trust in Jesus? Today, let us reflect on our trust in Jesus. Do we continue to contemplate the trusting relationship, just as I was taught in Safety Town, or do we act as the fishermen did by dropping everything they had to follow the call of a stranger? Let us think about the trusting relationship that we have with Jesus and continue to place our trust in his hands.
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