Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 27, 2011

Christine Prissel

Freshman, Environmental Science Major

Acts 3:1-10
Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Lk 24:13-35

"And he said to them, 'Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?'”- Luke 24:25-26

This passage reminds me of the three great gifts: faith, hope and love. The love that God showed humanity by sending his only Son to die on the cross was love in its purest form. God did not expect anything in return, we did not have to do anything in return, yet God allowed the spilling of innocent blood. The blood of his only Son.

 If I were one of the disciples and had to witness the traumatizing experience of watching my teacher, my leader… my friend die on the cross, someone who I believed was the One whom I’ve been waiting for, the Christ, all my hope would be lost. It wouldn’t just be lost; it would be shattered.

Watching Jesus be taken to Pilot, found guilty and then sentenced to death. Watching him be beaten, stripped of his clothes, forced to carry a cross up a hill, and finally, seeing him nailed to it. I was supposed to watch all of this and still have hope? I was supposed to watch this and still have faith that God will never forsake me, that this was all part of a greater plan? I don’t think so. My human mind would not have been able to understand or grasp what God was doing in that moment. My human mind would not have been able to guess or understand what God was doing then and still can’t now.

Maybe this passage isn’t meant to just tell a story; maybe it is supposed to show us that we can never imagine anything as great as God’s plan. Maybe it is supposed to show us that although it may not be the timing we had hoped for or the method we had anticipated, God never goes back on his promises; that even in the most hopeless situations God still has a plan, one greater than any of us could have imagined. I couldn't then, and I can’t today imagine what God has in store for those who love him.

So, whatever it may be: whatever fears, doubts, hurt or worry we have in our lives, let us be challenged to find faith, hope and love in the midst of the storm. To find love in the Father that sent his only Son for us. To find reason to hope in the darkest part of night. And to have faith in the promises our Father has made to us.

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