Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
October 26th, 2011

Elizabeth Furlong

School of Nursing
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Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time
[481] Romans 8:26-30
Psalm 13:4-5, 6
Luke 13:22-30


“…but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings…We know that all things work for good for those who love God…”   These two particular lines in the First Reading of today integrate with two current activities in which I am involved.  First, I am participating in Creighton’s 34 Week Online Retreat, and, second, I am taking an online course this semester about Jesuit Mission and Identity.  The readings for both of these activities the past three weeks have included aspects of Jesuit history and knowledge that focuses on discernment in one’s life.  As I reflect on this First Reading, I see a parallel to the “inexpressible groanings.”  I am learning about the discernment of spirits and what leads me to behaviors of consolation (being closer to God) or to behaviors of desolation (being alienated from God).  Because of my participation in these two activities, I spend more time during my day and evening being aware of the “groanings”, of my chosen behaviors, and my reflections on my behaviors.  Did a behavior lead to consolation or to desolation? When I read the phrase, “inexpressible groanings,”  I think of those times during the day when a feeling or a movement leads me to one of those places of my being with God or further away.
In both of the above selected sentences, there is a desire for and a movement toward God.  I believe that by daily awareness and practice in discerning one’s behaviors toward consolation and the avoidance of behaviors that lead to desolation, a final analysis is that “…all things work for good…”.
“My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy…All my hope, O Lord, is in your loving kindness.”
  When I reflect on the Responsorial Psalms, I draw the parallel—if these are my hopes and expectations, this is a daily reminder to me of what I am called to demonstrate to others.
As you welcome, live, and reflect on this late day in the beautiful  Fall month of October (in the U.S.), I wish you behaviors of consolation and of mercy and kindness in your relationships with others.

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