Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 6, 2011

Savannah Hobbs

Sophomore, Social Work Major,
Spanish and Biblical Studies Minors

Acts 19:1-8
Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab
Jn 16:29-33

“But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.  In the world you will have trouble.” -John 16:33

Christ gives us a HUGE gift with today’s Gospel.  He pretty clearly outlines the plan we should be following—sort of a “God’s plan for Dummies” kind of thing.

Christ begins with a comforting note: “the Father is with me.”  We are never ever left alone to confront our troubles by ourselves because the Father is with us.  The Father does not abandon us to find his plan for us alone.  The question then follows, however, 'do we trust him enough to get us to where we need to go?

Christ follows this up with an explanation: “I have told you this so that you may have peace in me.”  Christ wants us to be peaceful and to have peace.  He actually offers it to us today in this Gospel.  Do we have peace?  Are we offering the very best peaceful and joyful life lived to God?  Are we enjoying the enormous gift of life that we’ve been given?  Are we allowing God to comfort us and bring us peace?

Christ’s final statement is perhaps the most jarring: “In the world you will have trouble.”  He begins with comforting talk about the Father and peacefulness—almost as if to prepare us for this final statement and soften the blow.  Have we accepted God’s plan for us or are we just waiting for our own plans to begin?  Whose schedule are we following?  The world encourages us to believe in ourselves and to trust in ourselves the most.  The parallel worldly outline to today’s Gospel is to have a goal, work really hard for it, and if I am in any way, shape, or form a good person, I will succeed.  If I don't succeed, it means I am a failure and the Self-Pity Monster finds a new home.

As today’s Gospel reminds us, we are made for peace and love.  Until we embrace God’s love, (and his plan for us) we will only ever find trouble in the world.

Know that you are beautiful and loved.

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