Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 13, 2012

Kelly Sullivan

Sophomore, Undecided Major

Acts 4:1-12
Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a
Jn 21:1-14

"He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone." -Acts 4:11

How often is it that we feel like we have been rejected, not appreciated, or unloved?  It can be disheartening and make us really doubt our purpose and place in the world.  But like Jesus, God has a plan for all of our lives, and it is through our struggles that we can really achieve what we are meant to do.  Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are able to gain a stronger faith and confidence in the Father.  Jesus was willing to suffer and die for our sins.  We rejected him, but he still has an unconditional love for us.  Unconditional.  Without his passion and death, we wouldn’t be able to understand the great extent of his love.  And while we weren’t there to experience the Paschal mystery and will never truly understand it, this faith in him and his mercy became the cornerstone of our faith and our lives, ultimately because of the rejection he faced.

But as deep as our faith may be, it is easy to wish that we sometimes had a clearer revelation of Jesus in our lives like the disciples did in the fishing story in John 21.  If only we could be in his presence and hear his words!  But that’s the great thing about Jesus- his presence and words are all around us!  It is up to us to see if we recognize the people on the shore, and to understand that if we’re willing to love and trust in God, Jesus is revealed in every one of them.

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