Daily Reflection
May 10th, 2005

Eileen Wirth

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Acts 20:17-27
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
John 17:1-11a

St. Paul gave me chills today as he informed his friends that he would never see them again because he was leaving for Jerusalem. He had no clue what would happen except that he expected “imprisonment and hardships.” He warned the disciples that they might also pay for their beliefs in blood he wasn’t responsible because “I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”
Talk about laying it on the line!!!!

John’s Gospel today spells out that “entire plan” from which Christians continue to draw courage and faith. “Give glory to your son so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.”

This faith that everything will come out fine in the end should give us courage to listen to the Spirit. I’m thinking of that in a special way this week.

A confession: I’m not fond of major changes. Big risks scare me. I love having my original husband and tenure at Creighton. I’ve lived in one house for 33 years and even kept the same phone number since 1969. But I have responded to promptings from the Lord in a couple of big, scary instances.

Nearly 20 years ago, I boarded a flight to Bangkok to pick up a beautiful two-year-old about whom my husband and I knew very little. My dad said I seemed uptight. All I was doing was flying halfway around the world to a strange city to meet a human being to whom I would be intensely connected for the rest of my life – for better or worse. I prayed a lot during that endless flight across the Pacific, just as Paul must have prayed going to Jerusalem. I felt the hand of God.

This Saturday, that bright, beautiful strong-willed child, now a magnificent young woman, will receive her diploma from Creighton. I’ll be the proudest mother at the Civic Auditorium. Deo gratias!

Have faith and courage. Listen to the Spirit.

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