Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 9, 2012

Eric Wilkerson

Senior, Exercise Science Major

Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22
Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Matt 9:18-26

"Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you." -Matthew 9:22

In today’s Gospel Jesus shows the importance of faith in the Lord.  It is easy to believe that we are self-sufficient and God is detached from the world.  I frequently have this experience when I am preparing for an academic or worldly challenge.  I prepare as I see fit and forget to ask God for his help.  I get caught in the logic of worldly preparation and forget about the importance of God. 

The greatest challenge I see when asking God for his help is that I still have to put forth effort to accomplish my goal; he does not give success when I have not worked for it.  I have previously found this troubling.  It seems that praying to God does not give any additional help- after all we had to prepare and upon our preparation we were able to succeed.  Recently it dawned on me that I prefer this method of God’s help.  When we prepare for a challenge we typically excel to the same degree that we prepared, although God is always present to offer us rest when we become weary and to help lighten our burden when it becomes too heavy.  After all, God will not ever give us more than we can carry.  He alone knows our limit. 

Further, God is a just deity; to worship an unjust deity would be more frustrating because it would be a waste of our time to work for a goal.  God’s justice is one of the important reasons that we love him, but it is frustrating when we fail when we believe we have given our greatest effort.  Our natural thought is, “where is God’s justice now?  I have given everything, yet all to no avail!”  If only we, myself included, could see God’s plan we would recognize that our failures in reality lead to greater success in the future. 

Looking back at my own life I recognize that my greatest failures were also my greatest learning experiences.  I believe that is exactly what Christ is telling us with today’s Gospel.  If the woman was not sick or the man’s daughter had not passed away, they would not have sought help from Christ.  These challenges brought them closer to God.  Although it is a challenging concept to look at our failures through God’s eyes, we are able to see some of our lives’ greatest learning experiences this way.  Next time that Christ demonstrates a different perspective in our lives such as, “the girl is not dead but sleeping” we must refrain from ridiculing him, but recognize that Christ has a better perspective than we do and we should trust him just as the official did with his daughter.

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