Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 29, 2010
Kelsea Worcester

Freshman, Finance and Business Management Double Major,
Pre-Law Focus

1 Jn 2:3-11
Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Lk 2:22-35

As I sit here on my living room floor with a Bible at my left-hand, I can’t help but wonder why.  Why am I giving up a perfectly good night during my winter vacation to write a reflection? Why are 40 Creighton students, with stresses ranging from difficult finals to roommate struggles to relationship issues, taking hours out of their weeks to reflect? And why are you, along with hundreds of people from all over the world, taking the time to read these thoughts?

We often, as Christians, wish we could communicate with God more directly. We wish we could simply call the operator and get Jesus on the line, as the old song goes. We wish we could receive a “yes or no” answer to our problems, could have a set of instructions for our life in hand, could check in every once in a while to see if we are on the right course. We wish we could have a relationship with God like Simeon’s.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is being presented, as any other Jewish male baby of the time was, in the Temple. There is nothing that distinguishes Him from every other infant brought in; nothing that physically sets Him apart. And yet, Simeon, who has been told by God he would see the Christ, recognizes Him. “He came in the Spirit into the temple.. .” Simeon let the Holy Spirit guide him, trusted in the Lord and saw God’s promise fulfilled: he saw the Savior.

If only our relationship with God could be like that. If only we could hear God’s promises with our own ears, be guided by His Spirit, and see the promises carried out with our own eyes. If only we could see God working in our lives, as Simeon did. If only God’s voice was still heard in today’s world, by ordinary people.

And yet, it can be; it just takes time and open hearts. Most of us won’t see God physically, in a burning bush or a pillar of smoke, but, if we look closely at our own lives, we can all see our Lord and His love. God is in the little things: a simple smile, a beautiful sunset, an appropriately timed message. We can see Him in others, and we can meet Him in prayer. He loves us; we are His children. If we simply keep trying to know Him more and more each day, keep trying to follow the plan He has for us, let His love be our guide, and never give up on Him, we will truly see God, as Simeon did.

Perhaps that is why my fellow students and I write; perhaps that is why you read. We are all looking for God: searching for His guidance and yearning to hear His voice. Some days we will hear Him, and some days we won’t. But no matter where we are on our journey, let us never, ever stop listening.

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