Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 24, 2010
by

Damian Olsen

1st Year Medical Student

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent- Mass in the Morning
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
Lk 1:67-79

It is the day before Christmas, one of the holiest and most important days of the year in our Catholic faith. In this great season all spirits are high, people are cheerful, spending time with family and friends. This happiness is an effect of the love we share for each other in this great time and God reminds us of the cause of our joy in today’s readings.

“This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.” - Lk 1:73-75

There is a very common theme running through all the readings today. God reminds us that He has given us deliverance from all of the struggles of this world. He encourages us and gives us the fortitude to act boldly in His name. In the first reading God reveals to King David through the prophet Nathan that He has and always will be with David, making “his kingdom firm.” In that same way, especially as we prepare for the coming of our Lord, God is with us preparing our hearts and strengthening our kingdom.

Along with being joyful and encouraging, this season can sometimes be hectic and stressful. Traveling, buying gifts, the end-of-the-year push at work, relatives flooding the house, etc… it can all be taxing on us. With a short two week break from school, I am flying from one side of the country to the other and back in order to spread myself between my family and my fiancé’s. But in the midst of it all, we find comfort in our Lord and His word to us.

“I have been with you wherever you went,
and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.” - 2 Sm 7:9

God has prepared the way for us and will lead us to victory. This set of readings reminds me of one of my favorite bible quotes from the Gospel of John.

“I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. - Jn 16:33

While the pressures of the world may bear down on us, we can always take refuge in the Lord and his enduring promise for us. But like every other relationship, our relationship with the Lord is a give and take. So what may we give the Lord so that His loving gaze may remain upon us? As many of us have found, including myself, in our faith and service to God, there is nothing we could offer Him that would repay the endless blessings poured out upon us. However, I believe we find hints in today’s readings.

“The favors of the Lord I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.” - Ps 89:1

“You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,” - Lk 1:76-77

In these two small quotes we see that in giving praise to God and spreading His love to prepare for His kingdom we are giving God that which He desires of us. What more perfect way to prepare for our Lord’s coming than in telling of His goodness and preparing His way in the hearts of all those we meet? In this high season of the church, let us all take courage in the Lord and seek to draw closer to Him that we may act in complete confidence and trust of His divine plan for us. May we cast aside the tensions of this world and rest peacefully knowing that the hand of God is guiding us through this life and closer to eternity with Him.

 



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