Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 21, 2012

Daniel Ramirez

3rd Year Law Student

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

“Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. 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, but take courage, I have conquered the world." -John 32:33

There are sections of Scripture in which the message has little flexibility for alternative interpretations: Give to the poor, compulsively forgive your neighbor, put hatred to rest. Today’s Gospel is one of those more straightforward passages. The message: Through life’s times of uncertainty and moments of sorrow, trust and find peace in Jesus. God is always with us.

As I write this reflection, I am 10 days away from graduating from Creighton Law. My walk across the stage to receive my degree will end 21 years of formal education, 8 years here at Creighton, and a chapter of life linking me to a great deal of what I know, what I’m comfortable doing, and how I describe myself. I do not yet have employment following the July Bar Exam. Will I pass the exam? I don’t know where I’ll be living. I don’t know how long I will search for a job.  What type of work will I be doing? How will I adjust to a new routine?  Think of a naïve astronaut cut from the tether attached to the shuttle orbiting earth; that’s how I imagine part of my experience may be. I am certain that I will mourn the end of my routine and seeing people I know well. I am already experiencing the anxiety regarding the near overwhelming uncertainty of my distant AND near future. I fear that my anxiety may grow.

And then I remember what God has given to me; much of the grace and love overflowing when I did not expect it, sometimes when I did not think I deserved it. As ever-approaching troubles occur in life, pre-warned challenges and unexpected tests of faith, God is there. God prepares all Christians for these moments and for the many challenges ahead. Whether receiving a job, finding a new home, fighting injustice, raising children, or suffering death of family and friends, God does not promise that he will erase the world’s pain, suffering, and injustice, but he does promise that where he is there is also love and hope. God does not promise that we will always succeed, but by giving ourselves to the mission of Jesus, by offering to others what we have been given in our education, opportunities, and experiences, that our challenges will be conquered and our work will be fruitful. Hope and love are always present. That is God. That is the peace that I seek for myself and for all my fellow grads. Enjoy the journey! AMDG.

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