Today, the Gospel reading was from Luke 1: 57 – 66. This is where people are asking Elizabeth what the name of her son would be. The mother of “the Baptist”, calmly stated, “John”. The townspeople did not seem to want to accept the name, as they protested that no one in the family line was ever named, “John”. Seeking to obtain a more tolerable answer, they sought out Zechariah. He had been struck dumb when he did not believe what he had been told by the angel Gabriel. Gabriel had said that Elizabeth, who had been barren, would give birth to a son, whose name was to be, “John”. When they asked Zechariah the child’s name, he motioned for a writing tablet, and on it wrote that the child’s name would be, “John”. Immediately, Zechariah’s speech returned and he began to praise the Lord. To this chain of events, the people inquired among themselves, “What manner of child will this be?”

The priest, at today’s Mass, reminded us of the song, “Que Sera, Sera” (What Will Be, Will Be). As the song goes, “…the future’s not ours to see, what will be, will be.” So, like the townspeople wondering what will this child be, what lies in store for him, we too wonder about our own lives. What will happen? Will we be happy? Will so and so recover? Will our children be alright? We want to know the future. At times, we act like we are entitled to know the future. We want the future to happen, just the way we want. It is in times like this, when we worry that the future will not be as we want it, we should realize that we are putting our trust in ourselves, not in our God. If our God is a God of love, if we believe that He cares about us and wants only what is good for us, then why do we not trust Him?

Two soldiers on a front-line, trust each other so implicitly, that they know their lives are in the other’s hands. Two firemen going into a burning building, each realizes that their partner holds their life, as if he were a puppeteer. Trust must be complete. To hold back and allow a doubt to creep into their heads may be the difference between life and death. How does this trust come about? The first time the two firemen met, they did not have total trust in one another. They didn’t even know each other, let alone trust the other. So how does this trust come about?  We don’t say, “I like how this person looks, therefore I trust him”.  It is absurd to say that we trust someone, who we know is underhanded, who deals with people with varying levels of honesty. We don’t turn over our financial reserves to someone we don’t trust or we know little or nothing about. So, again, how is this trust accomplished?

To grow in trust with a person, we must strive to build a good relationship with that person. The more we see how a person acts honorably and truthfully, the more that person gains our trust, our confidence. The more we learn and know about this person, the more we feel comfortable to give him our trust. Our relationship with one another grows, and this happens only with communication. We express ourselves, our true selves, and in turn receive the other person’s true self. This is how strong marriage relationships are built, the expressing of both partner’s true self to the other. This happens at the initial stages of dating and continues to the couple’s 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries. If the relationship is not built on revealing one’s true self but rather on displaying what the other person may want to see, then the relationship is doomed. (But I can’t do that. What if the person doesn’t like the real me? Then your marriage is doomed to either be a fraud for its duration, or will end in divorce.)

I have digressed a bit. We were talking about how trust grows. As a relationship grows, the more we can identify who and what a person is; and, how we feel about this “who” and “what”. This relationship develops through open and honest communication. Earlier we asked, “Why do we not trust God?” If we are honest with ourselves, we already know the questions we must answer. Trust is built through open and honest communication. How open are our lines of communication with our God? Do we talk to Him? Do we wait to hear His answer? Do we read His Word? Do we wish to grow in our relationship with Him? Do we really know who Jesus is? When was the last time we just sat and thought about His life on earth? When was the last time we wondered why He died on a cross? Do we see the beauty of Christianity? These are questions that we can easily brush away, as though chasing an annoying fly. These are questions to which we may not really want to face the answers, and what they mean to our current life’s structure. But, to not address them is to ignore the purpose of our creation, is to be content in being blind to the love and mercies of God.