What an interesting bunch those apostles were. If I were Jesus, I would have been much more selective when I had to choose who to leave the work (world) to. Uneducated, impulsive, ‘slow on the uptake’, competitive, proud, stubborn, and confused are just a few words that could describe that early bunch. How many times did Jesus raise his eyes to heaven and state…..’they just don’t get it’. And yet, the God of infinite wisdom chose them……and yet, each day, that very same God chooses us. Are we any better?
So then, what is really expected? I ask myself these questions:
Does he expect perfection? No, he knows better
Does he expect us to never question, never doubt? No, he knows better
Does he expect us to sometimes forget about him? Of course he does
Does he expect us to try to ‘do it ourselves, without him? Of course he does
He knows us, remember? Better than we know ourselves, because we tend to answer those questions differently and then get discouraged when we fall short. So then, what does he expect….or rather, what does he invite us to do?
He invites us to take his hand when we fall so that he can help us up again.
He invites us to trust, when we feel as though there is nothing out there.
He invites us to have faith, in the silent, in the invisible, in the seemingly nothingless
He invites us to love…..because that is our fiber and being.
Did the apostles accept those invitations? Eventually, with some help from the Holy Spirit.
Will we accept those invitations?