Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 18, 2012

Rob Placek

Senior, International Relations and Business Major

Fourth Sunday of Lent
2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23
Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
Eph 2:4-10
Jn 3:14-21

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8

Today’s Gospel includes the famous verse, John 3:16.  God so loved the world that he gave, and we received, Jesus, his son, to attain everlasting life.  Since this is such a prominent reading in all Christianity, I’m going to take the challenge and focus on the Second Reading.

Mercy and grace are talked about as the main theme in this reading in how God showed both of these qualities to mankind through our deliverance in Christ.  The grace that God has is how we are saved in faith.  So, if grace is how God is saving me, what do I do when I am graceful to others?

I typically don’t take compliments very well.  Maybe that’s the way I was raised, or it's part of my Midwestern culture.  I tend to shrug them off, blush, or compliment the complimenter.  But by accepting what people are willing to give to me, I am able to accept what people see in me.  I gave a speech last month and many people complimented me on it.  I did not know how to take what they were saying.  It was emotionally powerful, reassuring, and friendly.  These friends gave me these compliments because I told them something in that speech that they needed to hear or they thought I hit a point that resonated with them.  Their acceptance of my message shows me that they have trust in me and that means the world to me.

My friends may have trust in me and I tried to accept that as gracefully as I could.  We have trust in God and we show that through our faith.  This is our faith:  trusting in the Lord and living out his Word.  God’s grace is the saving power that we achieve through our belief and living a faithful life.  Whatever that faith may be, we should try to live more gracefully in our own lives.  No, we can’t save ourselves or others from death, but we can show grace and acceptance to those around us and those less unfortunate.

You look good today.  Take it as a compliment.

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