The one being able to grasp, let him grasp … Matthew 19:1-12 A college friend told me; “Once you’ve made a decision to do something it’s yours. You have to take responsibility for it regardless of how it turns out and move on.” I received his words that day because I knew he was speaking from experience. When Jesus is pressed by authorities concerning divorce, his disciples are taken aback by his answer believing that perhaps marriage is not a good choice. But Jesus’ use of the word eunuch in three different contexts seems to make clear, the significance of having the gift of making a choice and taking responsibility for that choice. The first eunuch has no choice. The second eunuch has the choice forced upon him. The third eunuch is the one who chooses to willingly give up one life (physical) for the sake of another (spiritual). Not everyone is willing to make that commitment. Our decision to have faith in God and follow in the way of Christ is for us to own and take responsibility. Although our steps won’t always be perfect, commitment to our faith keeps us on track. The good news is that it is that faith in God (more precious than gold) of which Peter writes to the diaspora, that gives us the freedom to grasp that commitment one day at a time and live in hope by that same faith.
When Moses interceded for the people of Israel, he confronted God’s faithfulness. With God’s presence they came out of bondage in Egypt and only with God’s presence will they go into the promised land of Canaan. It is by God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel that made them distinct from other people. So too, we are distinct by our faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s presence in our lives requires that even in the most difficult circumstances we must continue to believe in God’s utmost desire to heed our call and answer our prayers.
Exodus 33:1-23 …And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct…
Psalm 119: 49-50 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.