Psalm 98:2-3, 3-4, 5-6
This Gospel passage of Jesus asking his followers to take their
nets once again and “fish”… after they have fished all night … reminds me
of the amazing trust journey we Christians are on.
We believe in a God who asks us to be in partnership with Him….to live a
good life; to do great things for the kingdom; to see the richness and gifts
of all men and women on planet earth; to bring justice and peace to
the lives of all women and men.
All we have to do is listen, do what God says, trust, and then wait for the
results. The difficult part is that we aren’t sure about our own capabilities…..and
we certainly aren’t sure when God is going to come through on His/Her promise.
Now doesn’t that sound irreverent? No, not irreverent, but certainly
a novice in the “strong faith” department.
The difficulty is that phrase: “…we aren’t sure about our own capabilities…”
That’s the real stumbling block …that reliance on our “own capabilities.”
That’s where the fault lies, not that we aren’t sure when God is going to
come through on Her/His promise – because God always does respond, but sometimes
we don’t have the eyes of faith to see or understand the response.
We don’t really have any “capabilities” that are our own. Everything
we have is God-given. Our job is to find those God-given talents given
specifically to each one of us…and then to nourish and grow them in the service
Last week Creighton welcomed 1,000 + new undergraduate and transfer students
into the Creighton community. I was part of that great transition for
students and parents – the transition from leaving the smaller home community
and entering into a whole new university community.
By the end of the weekend, the moment had come for parents and guardians
to leave their sons and daughters with the Creighton community. This
is where the trust of parents and the trust of students are greatly tested.
Parents trust the Creighton community to help their children find their talents
and nourish them to the best of each person’s ability.
Students trust their parents to let them leave home … and to grow and develop
with the guidance of the Creighton community into men and women fully alive
– exhibiting their greatest potential.
It is a time of trust also for the Creighton community – faculty, fellow
students, staff, and administrators. We trust we have the finest resources
possible to help students grow and develop into the men and women God has
given them the potential to be – for His Greater Honor and Glory.
Good and Gracious, God, help us all trust in Your goodness and Your
wisdom. Help us be ready and accepting of the surprises that will happen
this academic year. Help us trust You -- when we don’t understand why things
happen. Help us trust You -- in the everyday activities of life --
that Your plan is being accomplished. And help us be true partners
in developing the greatest potential in all of us – students, faculty, staff,
and administrators. Amen.