Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 30, 2011
by

Megan Lightfoot

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Acts 4:13-21
Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21
Mk 16:9-15

“Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” -Acts 4:13-21

These are the words that Peter and John spoke after they had been ordered not to tell anyone of Jesus’ name or teachings. They were so bold in their statement, proving their strong belief.

Is seeing really believing? In the Gospel reading Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and two others after being raised from the dead. In both instances the disciples do not believe the people who say they have seen Jesus and that he is alive. They do not believe until they see Jesus alive for themselves. It took seeing for the disciples to believe, but we do not have that opportunity. Jesus is not “here” for us to see, yet we still believe. I find that many times it would be easier to be able to see Jesus or God, so I'd have an image to use to attempt to comprehend God. The real truth is that God is incomprehensible and perfect and there is no way that our mind can understand that. Like the Apostles, we have difficulty grasping what is real and what is true.

At Good Friday Mass at home, as I was praying for all of my college friends to have a good and relaxing break with their families I was struck with amazement at the realization that God was listening to my prayers at the same time he was listening to the prayers of others. I have always known this, but I have never really reflected upon it and given it thought. What amazing power and ability this is. Even in our world of high technology and multitasking we cannot begin to comprehend how God is truly omnipresent. I have always known that God is everywhere at all times, but I had not really thought about this until Good Friday Mass. This realization allowed me to gain confidence in the Lord as Peter and John have done in the readings.

Lord, allow us as believers in You to follow the way of truth and act as your disciples.



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