Trust.  You only get it if you deserve it, and even then maybe not.  Trust has to be earned. 

The great saints aren’t just radically different from most of us, they’re radically different from each other.  But whether they’re modern saints like Mother Teresa and John Paul II, saints killed in the Holocaust like Maximilian Kolbe and Edith Stein, or medieval saints like Joan of Arc and Francis, they all have one thing in common. 

Trust in God. 

This Sunday’s first reading (Isaiah) shows us the relationship between God and His beloved.  From the view of God’s beloved.  And it’s got some pretty hard stuff in it, but one thing runs through it all. 

Trust in God. 

For so many different people (with such different lives and deaths) to trust in God means one thing.  God did something to earn that trust. 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday