Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 12, 2011

Joe Chen

Senior, Psychology Major, Biology Minor

Nm 21:4-9
Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21
Jn 8:21-30

Today the readings bring forth a special message: the lessons we learn when we begin to trust in the Lord. We first see this when Moses and his people begin to grumble even though God had saved them from the Egyptians, and despite their tragedy of being bitten by snakes, God continues to love them and always tries to bring them back to his grace by using Moses.

Just as the bronze serpent protected them from the deadly poison, God often reminds us by giving us signals in our lives to go back to him. We are free to choose our paths and make our own choices, but we often get so caught up in our freedom that we forget that God is always in charge. He doesn’t always need to send a lightning bolt to remind us that he is there, but every now and then, he provides a gentle and loving reminder for us to know that he loves us and will never abandon us.

Just as in John when Jesus explains to the Jews, “The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone.” (John 8:29). No matter how far out we go in life, no matter how much we are able to achieve with our two bare hands, let us remember that God is always with us. He gives us the necessary strength to rise above our challenges and will never give us a task we cannot conquer. He does this on a personal level, so that we may always remember that he is a kind and loving God. I hope that this reflection can bring forth comfort and some sense of guidance in our daily lives.

May God bless us all.

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