Sunday readings reflection: Fulfillment

Readings for September 5,  2021

Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:6-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

Both the reading from Isaiah and the Psalm indicate that God will give sight to the blind and make the deaf hear. Jesus does these things near the Sea of Galilee, and yet the people’s response seems a touch muted, “he does things well.” It is likely they knew the prophecies and had most of the Psalms memorized. Clearly, the crowds were astonished. But it was difficult to see Jesus as the fulfillment of the promises of the prophets. 

Perhaps I am not alone if I admit I sometimes ( more than I care to admit) also have difficulty seeing Jesus as the fulfillment of the prophets. Yes, certainly, I proclaim him Lord and Savior. But do I live my life in that proclamation, trusting him with all my being? No, not always. When things are good, my prayer life is all about praise of God. When things are not so good, I tend to step away to take my own path to “fix” everything ,.

I lack trust. And that’s a hard pill to swallow. I can tell someone to trust and I can trust that Jesus is working within that person. Unequivocally, I believe this to be true. But within me? Not so much. So, like the followers of Jesus, I need to work my way into a better trust of Jesus as the fulfillment. I need to grow in my faith and, importantly, not separate myself to be the tinkerer and fixer of all problems.

I like to remind myself that in Matthew’s Gospel, his writing of the “Greatest Commandment” is not just about heart and soul, but also to love with all my mind. I think that will help me trust–because I know I tend to discount matters of the heart. So, if I can wrap my mind around loving God, I think I can do more to trust that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that has been promised to me in the Word, and that I don’t need to solve all problems on my own.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6). You lead my heart Lord and I will follow with my mind to know you alone are the fulfillment of all good things. Amen

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