Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 11, 2011

Bill Kusek

Senior, Biology Major, Spanish Minor

Sir 27:30-28:7
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Rom 14:7-9

A few months ago, I saw a bumper sticker that said something along the lines of, “It is God’s job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to set up the meeting.” Funny, that isn’t exactly the message I took home from today’s readings.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and four months after the killing of Osama Bin Laden. How has our country progressed since his death? Is there more peace in the world because of the steps taken in the last few months? What about the last ten years? I recently heard on the news that Americans abroad are advised to be cautious because violent attacks against them have escalated since Bin Laden was killed. When does it end? Killing leads to more killing. Vengeance to more vengeance. We become lost in a spiral of hate and violence. The only end that can be reached is pain. With that attitude, death has the final word.

But the promise we are given from Jesus is one of life. And this begins with forgiveness, not just God’s forgiveness, but our forgiveness of others here today. Only if we get over ourselves and our vengeful nature can we actually live. Jesus tells us that death is what we bring upon ourselves “unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

Maybe our inability to forgive stems from not comprehending how much we are loved. God meets us where we are and loves us without having to change a thing. This is countercultural to us. We can love once someone fits our desires of who we think they should be. If they don’t fit our mold, we experience disappointment. But that’s not how God loves. God loves us where we are, regardless of religion, class, sexual orientation. If God can love and forgive all of us in whatever state we are in, we can do our best to forgive and love all those around us.

Forgive. Not once or twice, but forever. With forgiveness we can have peace. With forgiveness we can have life.

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