Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
January 28th, 2011

Barbara Dilly

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Click here for a photo of and information on this writer.

Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas
[321] Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40
Mark 4:26-34

O, to be like one of the disciples, to whom Jesus explained everything in private as the Gospel lesson in Mark tells us.  What did he tell them about the Kingdom of God that he did not tell the crowds of ordinary people to whom he spoke through parables? Did he make God’s message clearer to them?  I don’t know the answer to that.  But what can be much clearer than the image of a tiny mustard seed growing to become a large plant or a kernel of corn growing to a plant that yields a thousand fold in the harvest?  Even a child can understand these images of the Kingdom of God as a reality that expands miraculously as our faith grows.

But can we simply live by faith?  While the idea is not complicated, the practice seems to be for most of us.  We lose our confidence and our faith dims.  We struggle with suffering and we draw back, seeking more certainty, more details, and more reassurance.  But the Old Testament lesson and the Psalm tell us that during times of affliction, we should be even more confident that God’s will and the Kingdom of God are our refuge.   Even while suffering, we need to endure and continue to do the will of God to keep our lives on track.  Trusting in the Lord and doing the will of God will make our steps more sure and give us more confidence in God’s promises. 

As I reflect on these messages, I make the connections between these lessons and the sermon I heard at my church on the first Sunday after Epiphany this year.  Our pastor reminded us that we would experience times in the midst of life’s distresses where we would lose our confidence in ourselves and our faith.  Those distresses could shake our beings and threaten our sense of our very identities.  When than happens, our pastor said, we should draw on our baptism experience and the promises God made to love us and care for us as a member of the body of Christ.   Drawing closer in is how we can experience the Kingdom of God and live by faith in confidence and without fear.    That enlightenment also means that we should readily and without judgment welcome others into the Kingdom through our church communities.  We were reminded that if we would love each other and reassured each other of God’s love, we would see the Kingdom of God grow miraculously.  Today I pray that church communities everywhere could confidently love all who seek the Kingdom of God.  Thy Kingdom Come. Amen.

Click on the link below to send an e-mail response
to the writer of this reflection.
Let Your Friends Know About This Reflection By Sending Them An E-mail

Online Ministries Home Page | Daily Reflection Home

Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook