Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 26, 2011
by

Damian Olsen

1st Year Medical Student

Acts 15:7-21
Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10
Jn 15:9-11

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love….
I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”-John 15


Today we are called to love for love’s sake, for the sake of Christ. Very plainly we see why Jesus gives us his ultimate love on the cross. It is for no other reason but love, for our fulfillment, that he paid such a costly price which we celebrate every time we go to Mass. He desired that gift for us and he literally gave his life for it. We have been washed clean in his blood that our love might be full here on earth. He knows it is only in following this perfect love of his that we will attain genuine joy. The world tells us otherwise over and over again every day, but he knows that living in his love and following his Father’s perfect commands will lead us to the fulfillment that we all ultimately desire.
           
We can all say without a doubt that every person here on earth want to experience joy and feel love. There are people who may claim to enjoy suffering and pain, but these people are either lying to themselves or they are saints in the making who find unity with Christ in sharing in his suffering. This search is a universal human quest; people go to such great lengths to try and find this illusive joy and fulfillment we yearn for. Many people never know such sweetness as we are blessed to know through our faith. However, if they could simply read and take to heart Jesus’ words from today's Gospel, their lives would immediately be enlivened with a fullness they have never know.
           
This amazing and life-changing truth must fall on the rich soil of a receptive heart to take root. Many hearts are too hardened by today's world to be touched by this joy and love. But in the parable of the sower, is God frugal when he cast about his seed? Not at all. He sends it about without regard, knowing that even in the dry and rocky soil this seed can find its way to grow in the deep crevices of our hearts.
           
In Acts today we see the Apostles carrying out God’s love as Jesus would have wanted them to. They are explaining the universal calling to this holiness and happiness that Christ himself outlines in the Gospel today. It is not for the few, for the privileged, but for the many. God wants us to be extravagant as we sow his seed in this world. We must call all people to this joy we know and live every day, knowing that not all will come to believe and know his love. There is no limit to this joy and we should keep that in mind as we love as God's instruments. We must not be selfish with what we have been given; love cannot stand on its own. Every person we encounter is an object of God's love to whom the only appropriate response is to give the gift of this love that was never ours to begin with.
           
Let us remember that in this life we are all called to a mission, no matter where we are. You and I have been blessed to know the truth; let us spread it without reserve wherever we can. God will never impose his love on us, which is why we must reach out to our brothers and sisters who do not know him. May his presence in the Holy Spirit continue to guide and strengthen the whole body of the church as we go forth to deliver his joyful message!

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