From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 10, 2011
As I read this Gospel I thought to myself, this doesn’t make sense. I know I have sinned, but I have also done good things. Which does this make me, a rotten tree or a good tree? The more I thought on this I determined that I, as many others who believe in God and practice their faith, am a good tree. While I have sinned, God prunes the rotten fruit from me to allow me to bear good fruit. God’s process of pruning is forgiving our sins and leading us on the path to better follow his way.
The analogy of a house with a good and deep foundation withstanding the force of a flood provides a great visual of what we want our foundation of faith and trust in God to look like. We do not want our faith to be easily shaken, but rather want to be strong when our foundation is tested. I clearly remember the first time my faith was really shaken to its core. In high school one of my classmates was killed in a car accident. This was the first person very close to me that I had lost and I, as well as many of my friends, had a tough time. I knew that God was there for me, but I seemed to push him away, angry that he would allow such pain in my heart. Over time I realized that God was there for me the whole time, waiting for me to cry out to him. When I finally did, his grace was abundant and amazing. It is still difficult to think about that time, but I have since come to realize that everything happens for a reason and I dedicate my life to God’s plan. Though it's unfortunate that it took such an incident to accomplish this, my faith was deepened and my foundation made better. This prepared me for the loss of both of my grandfathers during my freshman year of college. As I grieved I called out to God, and he was there for me. My faith was not shaken because my foundation was strong.
As I am writing the floodwaters continue to force many people out of their homes on the Missouri River. I pray that those affected by the flood may have the strength to hold their strong foundation in God even if the foundation of their homes cannot withstand the flood.
Lord, give us, your followers, the strength to continue to build a stronger and deeper foundation of faith in your love. Prune away my weaknesses that bear rotten fruit so that I may follow your will and stand strong during tough times.
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