Daily Reflection
From a Creighton Student's Perspective
of Creighton University's Online Ministries

February 25th, 2009

Eddie Saito

Junior, First Year Pharmacy Student

Ash Wednesday
Jl 2:12-18
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
2 Cor 5:20-6:2
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

The Daily Reflections

How often do we find ourselves turning away from God? Given the nature of our human hearts, we seem to constantly be oscillating between God’s will and our own selfish desires. Just as St. Paul struggled, so are we caught in a never ending battle between God’s law and the law of sin. Praise be to God, then, for His infinite and redemptive mercy! As the readings remind us today, God is gracious and patient though we are unfaithful and combative. He is constantly forgiving us and waiting for our contrite hearts to return to Him. How can this be? Growing up we are taught that “it’s three strikes and you’re out!” or even worse, “there are no second chances.” Why, then, would God be willing to take us back over and over again?

As Paul reminds us in the second reading, God gave us the ministry of reconciliation by first reconciling Himself to the world through Christ. We have been called to be “ambassadors for Christ” and, as such, must work unceasingly to reconcile all people to God; this is His ultimate desire. However, before we can even begin to accomplish this task, Paul urges us to reconcile ourselves to God. It is with renewed commitment and a steadfast spirit that we are able to carry out the will and work of God. However, as the Gospel reading tells us, it is in the secret of our hearts that we return to God. This most intimate act of contrition must never be violated by seeking to bring glory to ourselves. When we pray and fast, or do anything for that matter, our actions should always bring glory to God, for it is He who moves in us to do these things. When we act “religious” for the sake of those around us, we are in fact worshipping ourselves. Often, this self-serving attitude leads us to develop a pride that separates us from the Father. It is here that we are usually reminded of our brokenness and need for renewal. As always, God is forever merciful, but it is in the innermost sanctuary of our hearts that He stands waiting to receive us. Be still and know that He is the God of endless mercy and reconciliation.


Let Your Friends Know About This Reflection By Sending Them An E-mail


Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook