Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 19, 2012

Kellen O'Neill

Sophomore, Biology Major, Business Minor, Pre-Med

Isa 26:7-9, 12, 16-19
Ps 102:13-14ab+15, 16-18, 19-21
Matt 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11: 28

Turning to the Lord will not make all of one’s troubles and struggles suddenly disappear, but it does make life’s difficulties much more manageable and easier to deal with. When we turn to God, he always comforts us and gives us the strength to face what life throws at us, and we are able to “rest” in his comfort. In the first reading, it says that “the way of the just is smooth”, but at first this doesn’t seem true because the just often face a great deal of persecution. Just look at the lives of people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi! However, when I look at this message in light of today’s Gospel, the message appears to be that the just are not burdened by guilt because they do what is right in God’s eyes. The “smooth” path of the just seems to refer to the clear conscience that comes with following God’s will and serves as a source of comfort and strength.

Sometimes I find myself feeling like I have control over everything in my life and I don’t need God to aid me. I lose sight of how totally and utterly dependent I am on God. This idea that we don’t need to always turn to God and depend on him is an illusion, and I am always awakened from this illusion when something outside of my control throws a wrench into my life. It is in these situations that I become acutely aware of how much I really need God’s love and guidance. We should always lean on the Lord and depend on him because he sustains us in a way that we cannot ourselves. Let’s not wait for some unforeseen obstacle to come along and force us to realize our dependence on God. Let’s turn to him now!

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