Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 4, 2011

Katie Kastl

Senior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major

Acts 5:17-29
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Jn 3:16-21

Today’s readings make today a very good day for me. The Psalm is actually my favorite Psalm. It speaks to something I struggle a lot with: continuously praising the Lord. With finals week upon us, sometimes cursing the world is the only thing that is able to escape from my lips. Yet, I must praise the Lord, in the good times and in the bad, for it is he who helps me through all seasons of my life.

 One of my favorite lines from Psalm 34 is, “I sought the LORD, who answered me, delivered me from all my fears.” I think that this ties nicely in with the Gospel reading, which is one of the most famous readings in the whole Bible. The Gospel begins with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” People throughout history and throughout the world have sought God for comfort, for shelter, for salvation. God answers us. Not only in our personal lives, but he loves us and cares for us so much that he sent his Son to us. The last line of the Gospel sums up how we should respond and live according to this gift from God: “But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” We must reject the darkness in our lives, because if we do not we will never accept the light in the world. We must live in the truth, in the light, accepting the gift of salvation. This isn’t very easy for me; this world can be filled with dark places. I find in seeking out the light, it is easier to live in the light.

May God protect us and help us stay in his light.

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