Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 7, 2012

Sarah Griger

Sophomore, Accounting and Business Management Double Major

Amos 9:11-15
Ps 85:9ab+10, 11-12, 13-14
Matt 9:14-17

Let me first begin by saying that I had a difficult time writing this reflection.  Some readings are easy to write about, and I automatically know what I want to say.  Other times, I begin writing and eventually the words start to flow freely.  This was not one of those times.  I had a very hard time trying to figure out what I wanted to say about the scripture.  By now, I’ve read this Gospel passage more times in the last week than I have in the last 20 years. 
If one were to quickly read through this passage, that person would probably say that it’s an example of Jesus trying to explain (a part) of his purpose and who he is to the people and to the disciples.  The message that we are to take from this is that when Jesus was with the disciples, they did not fast or mourn, and when he died, they did.  Since Jesus does not live on the earth as a man today, we as present-day believers should also fast and mourn.
But wait.
The disciples did mourn when Jesus died; they were sad because, as he had said he would, Jesus left.  That’s all true, but so is this: Jesus rose from the dead and came back to the disciples.  And when he left them again, he left them with something wonderful and powerful.  He left them with the Holy Spirit.  Through the Holy Spirit, the disciples would have Jesus “with [them] always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)  Before Jesus ascended into heaven he told his disciples this: “I am gong to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)  The same Holy Spirit that was given to the disciples in Jerusalem at Pentecost is also given to us when we are baptized.  We don’t have to mourn; through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is always with us.  He is right here in my heart and in yours!  So, don’t mourn the bridegroom— let us instead rejoice in him and in his never-ending love for us! 

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