Listen to the Audio: Brennan Manning explains that Trust is our gift to God.
“The brilliant theologian, John Cavanaugh, teaching at St. Louis University in Chicago … 38 yrs old, was suddenly burnt out by teaching, and in a state of utter confusion with what to do with the rest of his life. So he took a three month sabbatical and he went down to Mother Teresa’s ‘House of the Dying’ in Calcutta.
The first morning there, Mother Teresa comes up to him and says, “John I’m glad you’re here, what can I do for ya?” And he said, “Please pray for me.” She said, “I’ll do that. What shall I pray for?”
With all of his confusion swirling around in his head, he said, “Please pray that I have clarity.”
And she said very firmly, “I will not do that. Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and you’ve got to let go of it.”
And he said, “Mother Teresa it seems to me that you’ve had clarity from the very beginning of your vocation.”
She started laughing. She said, “I’ve never had clarity.” [in a more serious tone] “What I’ve always had is trust. John, I’m going to pray that you trust God.”
Craving clarity we seek to avoid the risk of trust.” – Brennan Manning
The Message (MSG)
14 1-4 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”
5 Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?”
6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”
9-10 “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.
11-14 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
“The splendor of a human heart, that trusts it is loved unconditionally, gives God more pleasure than Westminster Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, the sight of 10,000 butterflies in flight, or the scent of a million orchids in bloom.
Trust is our gift back to God. And He finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for love of it.” – Brennan Manning