Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 28, 2011

Stephen Hart

Senior, Communications Major,
Business Administration Minor

Acts 16:1-10
Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 5
Jn 15:18-21

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” - John 15:18

I have always found Jesus’ prediction in today’s Gospel to be particularly foreboding. It is one thing to know that there will be trials, that we will have crosses to bear for following him; it’s another to be told that we will be hated because of it.

On another level, however, this prediction provides us with encouragement. If the world hates us, then we know that we rest in Christ, who never disappoints. Although it may not seem like much to be reassured on, to know that we are imitating Christ is to know that we are doing God’s will, that he is accomplishing in us what he has always wanted.

Fortunately, this transformation from our selves into Jesus is nothing new. We, in 2011, have almost 2,000 years of examples to draw from and imitate: today’s first reading is an excellent example. St. Luke tells us how Paul and Timothy set out all around Asia Minor, spreading the good news of Jesus and being open to wherever the Holy Spirit called them.

Granted, few, if any, of us will be called to such grandiose missions, but the heart of the matter is still the same: we are called to be a light to others, imitating the love of Jesus in our thoughts, words, and actions. We may experience tribulation and hatred from others for doing this (especially when the love and truth of Jesus goes against the opinions of the world), but we can rest assured that, despite the troubles, Jesus is completely worth it.

As we continue along in the Easter Season, let’s pray that we may be open to the direction of the Holy Spirit to be shown in what ways we are called to spread the Gospel to others in our daily lives.

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