Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 14, 2012

Mary Clare Lally

Sophomore, Business and Theology Double Major

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." -John 3:16-17

Featured in today's Gospel is one of my favorite verses: John 3:16. It captures the very essence of our salvation- the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are familiar with the story of the Lord's passion. Why someone would put his own son through such an ordeal is a mystery to many. In hindsight, however, we realize there was a plan, something far greater and more powerful than our simple human minds could possibly comprehend. Through Jesus's suffering, we were given eternal life, something so much better than Jesus having died a natural, comfortable death.

We have all had those times where things do not work out exactly as we had planned. In the times of tragedy, we sometimes ask ourselves, 'if God exists, why does this happen? How can this be right? Is God testing me? Is my plan not working out because God has a different plan for me?'

One of the most awesome things is realizing in retrospect that everything truly happens for a reason. I spent the past semester applying for internships, in hope that I would be hired for one. After countless interviews, follow-up calls, thank-you notes, and polite rejections, I was finally hired. As I was applying at various firms, I was so convinced I would get some of the internships for which I was rejected. In retrospect, however, I realize there was a reason I was not hired for those: I was better suited to the one for which I was hired. My boss is amiable, my hours are flexible, and the location is ideal. By receiving numerous rejections from various firms, I learned some valuable skills about interviewing.

As an over-the-top planner, I am probably most guilty of not trusting God's plan for the best. All too often, we have a tendency to be like the Israelites in today's first reading. We think this is our world and we can do what we want with it. We demand things of God rather than asking and we are upset when he does not answer our prayers exactly the way we hoped. Though easier said than done, we must remember Jesus's passion in regards to the plan God has set for us.

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