Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 11, 2011

Joe Chen

Senior, Psychology Major, Biology Minor

Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6
Jn 21:20-25

“The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.” - Psalm 98

This line is constantly reiterated throughout the readings, and it was written for a purpose. We can see that the author wants to give us, the readers, reminders that God is not invisible. He is the all-knowing, all-powerful and all-present being, but he cares for each and every one of us like we are the only individuals in this world. He cares for us and has a careful plan for each of us, even when our lives seem chaotic and distorted. More importantly, we see that throughout these three books, God is always reaching out to us, whether it is about building new churches, gathering new believers, or reminding us that we have a plan built by the One who desperately loves us.

We saw the effects of God’s love and how people can fully understand his grace during the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in March of 2011, where even after a disaster of such magnitude, the country experienced no looting or violence during its recovery. This instance is a great reminder that God is able to reveal his power and love, not by direct divine intervention like a saving hand reaching down from the sky, but that his love exists in every one of us, whether we know it or not.

Today, let us give up our own separate plans of what our lives should become, and instead be simple lights of the world. Let us be encouraged to continuously remind ourselves that God is in control, even when our lives are in shambles or our enemies reach out to hurt us. God loves us ever so much, and it is our responsibility as disciples of Christ to love our neighbors and enemies in the same way. May peace be with you today.

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