15 Jul 2015
(Totus Tuus Mass - 1st through 6th Grade)
A little over a week ago we all celebrated the 4th of July; we celebrated the birth of our country. And that was a pretty big job for the people back then to do. But they knew they couldn’t do it without God. They knew that if they didn’t trust in God, the whole thing would fail.
And that’s why, every time we look at a dollar bill, there’s that phrase printed on there: “In God We Trust.” And it’s on our coins, too: “In God We Trust.” It’s a reminder to us that in order for our country to be strong and free and good, we have to trust in God.
Now, God is also trying to build his own nation—we call it the “Kingdom of God.” And in order for that to happen, we—the People of God—we also need to trust in God. One of the great builders of God’s nation was Moses.
Now, we just heard how God said to Moses: “I’m sending you to Pharaoh to free my people, the nation of Israel.” And Moses was nervous and even afraid a little bit. And that’s because he was too worried about his own weaknesses to trust in God. Of course, we do that sometimes, too.
You know, if a teacher asks you to do a project for class, or if your parents ask you to do something you’ve never done before, you might think to yourself: “I don’t know if I can do that!” Maybe you’re afraid or just think you can’t do it. Well, that’s like Moses. But God said to him, and he says to us, too: “Trust me. I have faith in you. You can do it.”
And so, Moses said, “Ok, I trust you God.” And what happened then? Well, Moses was able to free the people in Egypt and God was able to continue building his Kingdom; he was able to keep to building his nation of people.
And, you know, God calls each one of us to help build his Kingdom. Maybe you’re really good at art and music. Maybe you’re really good at teamwork. Maybe you’re really good at caring about other people. You’re all good at something, and God gave you those gifts to help him build his Kingdom here on earth. And, you know, God trusts you to help him.
Now all we have to do is trust God. Every time we say the “Our Father,” we say: “Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” And it’ll happen. It’ll take a lot of prayer and work, but God’s Kingdom will be built here on earth. But we first we have to say: “In God We Trust.” Always, we have to say: In God we trust.