From a Creighton Student's Perspective
December 16, 2010
1st Year Dental Student
“Though the mountains leave their place
These last few lines from the first reading encompass not only the theme for today’s Scripture; they also serve as a simple and beautiful reminder of the truth that we are never alone. Even the visual reminders of the world’s strength, majesty, and longevity cannot compare to the indescribable love that God has for us. We can think of that love in comparison to something like the grandeur of the mountains, and I often do, but the reality is that such comparisons fall immeasurably short…
So, why then is it so easy to feel alone or abandoned? Why does so much needless suffering and heartache occur in a world that God loves? Why do children die? Why are people oppressed? Those questions cannot be answered in a scientific or deductive manner, and it would really be a pity if they could. Faith would have no role in our lives if we could simply reason through the muddle and confusion that life often brings, finding the answers with our logic. Like Saint Ignatius at Montserrat, we must learn to lay down our swords, our questions at some point and set off deeper into our personal faith journeys. That is where we can start learning to find Christ at work in this world and allow Him to work through us.
When we acknowledge our own powerlessness, our own inadequacies, we stand to gain something remarkable, and that is a sense of wonder at God’s love, an appreciation for grace. This world is not perfect, we cannot explain why, but we can work to improve it. We can do our best to make a difference everyday in whatever ways we can. To do that, though, to truly live in such a way, requires a level of faith that we must be actively pursuing: faith in action, faith driving us to action. If we give up our control of life’s handlebars and allow God to help us work on simply being, amazing things can happen. We become aware of Christ, and we yearn to be Christ for others. Every day is a chance to renew that surrender.
In rescuing us, God grants us power beyond even the mountains and the hills, He grants us the power of love.
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