GOD KNOWS THE WHOLE
“Trust God: The wisest people are those who, although unrelenting in their quest for answers, trustingly leave some of the problems in the hands of God who knows the whole.” (Reverend Dale E. Turner)
Reverend Dale E. Turner wrote this, Trust God: The wisest people are those who, although unrelenting in their quest for answers, trustingly leave some of the problems in the hands of God who knows the whole.
In Saint Mark's Gospel for this Sunday, St. Peter's confession at Caesarea Philippi, is a key moment. The first seven chapters have revealed Jesus as the Messiah, who mediates and prays about the power of his heavenly Father by teaching and healing with authority. The climax of this first part of the Gospel is reached when Peter declares, "You are the Christ." The second part of the Gospel begins to reveal what kind of Messiah Jesus will be. The Son of Man, the Anointed one, is a Suffering Servant. The revelation comes as a great surprise to Peter. He objects and is sternly rebuked by Jesus for thinking as humans do and not as God does.
What does it mean to you to think as God does? The answer is found in the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah and also the prophecy of Jesus the Christ. To think as God does is to set one's face like flint, to take up one's cross, trusting absolutely that God is our help and, therefore, we can never be disgraced. If we first we think as our heavenly Father does, then we show this by doing what St. James calls the works of faith.
In today's Responsorial Psalm we acclaim: to walk before the Lord, in the land of the living (Ps 116:9.) This psalm, through its yearly recitation at the Paschal meal recalls how Jesus travelled to Jerusalem and his death, in that ultimate acceptance of the Father's will. Jesus's purpose in coming to earth was to do that will.
God knows the whole!