This is the hope of the Responsorial Psalm today: I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. Even the prayer of Jesus in the Gospel today shows his trust in the Father when he tells his disciples to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. Jesus knows his Father is the Lord who supplies laborers to the work. And even his instruction to the seventy: carry no purse, no bag, no sandals. They are to trust in God’s provision.
While trusting in his Father, Jesus is also realistic. He knows his disciples will be welcomed and also not welcomed. He gives instructions to his disciples on how to respond to these situations. The childlike trust of St Therese is not a reckless trust that results in irresponsibility or an attitude of letting God do all the work and we just sit back and do nothing. But childlike trust is a realistic trust in God’s goodness and also his desire for us to participate in his work.
Lord, teach me to have childlike trust in you, to have courage to be bold in my prayer. St Therese, teach me your simple way to Jesus.