By Maria Morera Johnson
Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior…
~ Psalm 25: 4-5
In today’s Gospel, the disciples pose the question to Jesus that is at its very root, temporal. They want to know who has claim as husband to a woman at the resurrection when she’s married many times on earth. Driven as I am by my earthly concerns, I am curious, too.
Jesus gives an answer where he explains that in heaven these are not concerns. I read this not so much as a rebuke but as a redirection by an exasperated Jesus who has been teaching about heavenly things and still, the disciples “do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
Jesus teaches, but they (and we!) do not understand time and again. The disciples continue in this way for a long time. In fact, it isn’t until Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon them that they truly know the power of God.
Psalm 25 encourages me on this journey to learn all that Jesus teaches:
“Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior….” Psalm 25: 4-5
While it’s true that I am often ignorant of scripture and doubtful of God‘s power, his abundant patience with me calls me to him in the Word, and I am grateful. Let us remember to call upon the Holy Spirit to help us when we don’t understand, and strengthen us as we persevere in our faith.
Lord, thank you for your patience and mercy with me. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to open my eyes and heart to you. I believe. Help my unbelief. Amen
Call to Action
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