Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 27, 2011
by

Ryan Oberman

Sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy

Rom 8:31b-39
Ps 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31
Lk 13:31-35

“In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day-
for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!” –Luke 13:33
          
Today’s Gospel passage is rather short, being only a few lines long, but like many Bible passages it speaks volumes about our mission here on earth. The passage describes the Pharisees telling Jesus how Herod wants him dead and that he should leave. However, Jesus tells them that he has a mission in Jerusalem; he will “drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day [he] will reach his goal.” Jesus ends by lamenting the fate of many prophets before him, and that his mission is not an easy one. The last line is one that I want to focus on and is perhaps the most important one. Jesus says, “I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’

The whole passage culminating in this final line is a summary of Jesus taking on his mission for us. Just like Jesus, our lives as Catholics are not easy. While we are not living in a time or place where people may not want us physically dead, there is much adversity in our lives and cultures that makes being a Catholic difficult. Even in my experience, going to Catholic schools my whole life and coming from a predominately Catholic city, I have met many challenges to my faith. People who question, people who judge, people who see scandals, or mistakes, or simply don’t understand the fundamental tenants of my faith have all posed challenges and have made me ask not only why I’m Catholic, but really what that means. And in my understanding, those questions are answered by that final line: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Since I’ve become mature enough to understand my faith on a deeper level and understand those challenges and questions, I’ve sought to answer them. I’ve sought to deepen my understanding of my faith, but even on a fundamental level I’ve sought to show people my faith through my actions. I may not need to explain teachings or dogma for people to understand what it means to be Catholic. The goal is to live the mission, for people to see Jesus and to see what it means to be Catholic through me; through all of us.


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