“If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works.”
“You’re too gullible!” So I’ve been told throughout my life. Nonetheless, I keep my propensity to trust in the goodness of humankind intact. I’m not foolish enough to believe that there are no evildoers among us. Nonetheless, I do believe that in the right circumstances most of us would choose to do good over evil. So it is that I persist in trusting those I meet until they give me reason not to do so.
Jesus was not at all gullible. He knew that those who questioned his motives and the authenticity of his message were blinded by hatred. Jesus’ threat to the status quo had become more than his enemies could tolerate. Though Jesus’ works helped the neediest and most marginalized among them, these kindnesses only added to their angst. It seems the temple hierarchy were more angry over Jesus’ association with those considered unclean than his claim to be God’s son. In the end, Jesus continued to deliver God’s message of love, forgiveness, inclusion and mercy. It mattered little to Jesus that his enemies intended to dispose of him. When Jesus’ enemies ensured his demise, they also ensured his trip home to heaven.
Loving God, thank you for Jesus who revealed your love and extended your friendship to us all. Help us to open our hearts as generously to those you have given us to love.
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