Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 31, 2011
by

Mary Clare Lally

Freshman, Accounting and Theology Double Major

Zep 3:14-18a OR Rom 12:9-16
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Lk 1:39-56

"Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer." –Romans 12:12

This passage, taken from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans, has always been powerful and exceedingly memorable to me. It has provided me with a rubric to live by. I am hopeful, for I know God has good things in store for me. I endure in times of struggle, for I have learned that what does not kill me makes me stronger. I always make it a priority to persevere in prayer. Even when I feel as though I am not getting anything out of prayer, I still give, pushing through, being patient.

Saint Paul transcribed these words in the first century. Though wise, they are not easy to live by. It is not easy to be hopeful, for when we get our hopes up, we are often crushed. It is not simple to endure in affliction by any means. We often want to take the easy way out or just coast through life, which makes us weaker individuals and does not help us in the long run. We often do not persevere in prayer. We want our prayer lives to be easy. We want it to be spoon-fed to us, and often do not understand the perseverance necessary for a fruitful prayer life.

From the responsorial psalm and the Gospel passage for today we learn why we must rejoice in hope, why we must endure in affliction, and why we must persevere in prayer: the Lord is among us. The Lord is in our midst and we must be ready for his next coming. It may not be easy for us to be hopeful. We often want to give up hope, for wishful thinking often leads to crushed dreams. We must not give up and run away from conflicts in our lives, but instead endure them. We must persevere in prayer, for the abundance of one’s prayer life depends heavily on determination: the ability to stick with something and not let go because it becomes difficult or does not seem worth it anymore.

The Lord is in our midst. He died for us. Why not persevere and live for him?

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