From a Creighton Student's Perspective
October 6, 2011
Today’s responsorial psalm reminds us to have hope in the Lord. Amid the stress of exams, student organizations, work, friendships and finding time to pray, I often find myself losing hope in the Lord, distrusting that I can do everything that I have committed myself to. Creighton is well-known for very-involved students, often stretching ourselves thin and not leaving time for God in our lives. I am guilty of this as there are days I struggle to find time for prayer or just a simple phone call home. Then God reminds me of what is really important in life.
“Each day we should spend one hour in adoration except on days we are busy, then we should spend two” -Mother Teresa
This is difficult for me especially because I feel like I am always busy, but it speaks truth. When I take the time to pray, my spirit becomes rejuvenated and is ready to take on what the Lord brings into my life. This gives me newfound hope and strength from the Lord. As I go to adoration and I see many students taking time out of their busy schedules to spend an hour with Jesus, that gives me hope.
Hopefulness in our society is becoming difficult to find. Turn on the news and there are more stories about death and the problems with our government than stories of hope and good news. This makes it easy to be caught in the “glass half-empty” view of life. Today God is asking us to have hope in him in our lives. We must start with hope before we can follow the ways of the Lord to be more Christ-like. Even when we are discouraged by the struggles in life we must remain hopeful that God’s plan for us will prevail. This is something I am focusing on as I am applying to Pharmacy School. With the nervous feelings of what I will do if I am not accepted to the program, I calm my heart knowing that if it is God’s will it will be done. All we can do on Earth is offer our best and God will take care of the rest.
In the Gospel story the man was unwilling to get up from bed to give his friend bread; he was unwilling to respond to God’s call. When God calls are we too busy or too comfortable to get up and answer? When a friend is having a difficult time are we attentive to their feelings and willing to take the time to really listen?
Lord, give us hope today. Give us hope in our own lives that we may follow in the ways of your Son, Jesus Christ. Allow us to really listen to you, Lord, and to answer your call with hope and joy to glorify your name.
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