Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 18, 2011

Kelsea Worcester

Sophomore, Finance and Social Entrepreneurship Double Major,
Communications Minor

Is 55:6-9
Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Phil 1:20c-24, 27a
Mt 20:1-16a

"Seek the LORD while he may be found,  call him while he is near." -Is 55:6

As I write this reflection, I’m a week away from my return to Creighton, though while you’re reading this I’ve been on campus for an entire month. Perhaps my change of location during this time is what made this verse stand out to me. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.

This summer I spent 8 weeks working for the Salina Diocese as a Totus Tuus teacher. During this stint we went to daily Mass, prayed the Liturgy of the Hours, and spent our days sharing with grade school, Jr. High and high school kids about the faith.  This was truly a time for my teammates and I when God could be found. I wonder, now, if returning to Creighton will be the same.  I am going back to a place in which prayer isn’t mandated, and faith isn’t the main topic of conversation; I’m returning to daily life.

How easy it is to think God is near after a retreat or volunteer or work experience like that of my summer. How easy to find him; how easy to know his love. And how easy afterwards to forget how we reached that point; to simply try and wish the spiritual high back.

And yet, the answer to this can be found within our readings today. When we look to the Responsorial Psalm, we find that, “The LORD is near to all who call upon him” ( Ps 145:18). If we long to return to that feeling of closeness of God- if we long to find him- we must call upon him. God doesn’t disappear; he doesn’t hide from us. He is there, waiting for us to call upon him; to ask him to be a part of our lives: to be near to us.

Calling upon him isn’t just a few words, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of living which constantly invites God into our hearts, ever nearer. We may not always feel God’s presence as we call upon him, but this passage assures us that if we are calling upon him he will be there.  Hopefully this is something we will not easily forget as we continue on our journeys, wherever they may lead.

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