His High Holiness Ignatie (Bishop of Huși)
« My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.I and the Father are one.”Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him». (John 10, 27-31)
How many of us have the vivid conscience of the fact that we are in the hands of God the Father?
The Gospel tells us that if we are in the hands of God the Father, no one could harm us and we could not lose our faith or quality of sons of God. Unfortunately, maybe we don`t know what means to be in the hands of God, to have the certainty that no one cantake us away from there.
Staying in the hands of God means according to the Gospel to become witnesses of the crucified Love of Christ.
He tells us Himself in the Gospel that the proof of being His disciples is to love each other. Only in this way we can be in the hands of God the Father.
Christ when He was on the cross, when He sacrificed Himself out of His absolute love for us, gave His soul in the hands of God the Father. Only in this way God receives us in His hands, if we have love for each other.
Without this love, we can`t stay in the hands of God. And if we are not in the hands of God, we can be kidnapped in amy moment. The devil can steal from us the sparkle of faith we have. We become disconcerted and we give up easily. We revolt against God, we don`t understand the meaning of the trials when they come over us. In this way we estrange ourselves and lose the warmth of faith in God.
The scholars and pharisees were ready to throw with stones in Christ because He confessed that He is the Son of God.
After such an attempt to throw with stones in Him, Christ tells them: `
«If you see that I don`t do the works of God, then do not believe in Me.
But if you see that I do the works of God the Father, even if you don`t believe in Me, believe in these works. In this way you will discover Who is in these.`
Everything we do in the Church, to serve the Liturgy, say the prayers, all these are the works of God by which He makes His presence felt in our life.
If there are moments when we don`t believe in Christ, at least let us believe in these works of God the Father.
In this way we will feel the presence of the Holy Trinity in our life. Let us try as much as we can to reach the awareness that by love we are seated in the hands of God. When we don`t love, when we choose to hate, to be grumpy, difficult and mischievous we are not in the hands of God anymore. Then we are in someone else`s hands.