Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 6, 2010
by

Megan Lightfoot

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Is 35:1-10
Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Lk 5:17-26

These readings bring the awe of the power of God to mind.  In the Gospel reading Jesus shows to the Pharisees that he can take away sin and heal the sick.  The reading from Isaiah tells of God’s Advent, which means the renewal of creation.  The road on which God’s people travel is a Holy Way, which is a reminder to myself to take God’s path.  “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!”  This reminds me that I need to stay strong in my faith and help the weak.  It also comforts me knowing that when I have a weak moment there are others there to help me.  I believe that we are called into this life to help others, and to allow others to help us.  Sometimes people are ashamed to ask for help, but God is always there to help us and doesn’t expect us to go through life alone.  The words “be strong, do not fear” are often used in the Bible and portray how much God wants us to be strong and courageous. 

Jesus proves that his authority comes from God in the Gospel by first removing the sins of the crippled man and then healing his physical ailment.  This is a reminder that God wants to heal us with his redeeming love and mercy.  Personally it encourages me to not allow anything to keep me from Jesus’ healing power.  The Lord will bring us healing of body, mind, and soul if we allow.  Just as Jesus healed the cripple, Jesus can heal our paralyzing problems.  This doesn’t just mean physical problems.  My paralyzing problem is discouragement.  Often I find myself easily discouraged and stressed with coursework, and this reading makes me realize that God can take those problems away.  God is saying to us, “Get up and go home.”  I put my trust in God that, with my full effort in school, He will take me on the path of the “Holy Way” to everlasting life. 

 


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