From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 24, 2011
Sophomore, Biology Major, Spanish Minor
As I was typing that responsorial psalm quote for this reflection, I made a typo by writing “love” in place of “Lord” at first. I feel that this mistake is oddly appropriate for today’s readings because they speak of God’s immense and immeasurable love for all of us.
In the first reading, a man is trying to measure Jerusalem. As he is doing so, an angel speaks to him saying that God protects Jerusalem. There is no need to measure the length and width of Jerusalem because God’s boundary of love and protection cannot be measured. Borders can never define his love for all of us. God will keep those who love him safe and near.
The psalm response, which I wrote at the beginning of this reflection, has the same message as the first reading from Zechariah. It is reassuring us that God will guard and protect all who believe. We are able to find great joy in this comfort and love provided to us by the Lord.
In the Gospel reading by Luke today, we again are reminded of God’s great love for all of us. Jesus tells his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you” because he wants all to know what the future holds for the Son of Man. Usually, when Jesus has something specific for listeners to take from a dialogue, he gives subtle clues, but this passage includes a blatantly obvious call for us to take note of what Jesus is telling us. Jesus, showing his love for humankind and his followers, says that he will be handed over so that men may attain salvation. This is the greatest and most powerful way in which Jesus is able to show the truest love for us. In the reading, the disciples were astonished and did not want to listen to what Jesus was telling them, but Jesus needed them to understand that this is something done for the sake of humankind to show love.
I think that the message in today’s readings is very powerfully conveyed. God loves us and will protect us. If we ever get into a situation where we feel as though no one cares for or loves us, we need only to think of God’s immense love for us and how Jesus, with the ultimate sacrifice, died for our salvation.
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