Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 17, 2011

Rob Placek

Senior, International Relations and Business Major

Rom 4:20-25
Lk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
Lk 12:13-21

“Rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him.” – Luke 1:74

Today’s Gospel is a classic parable.  The man who will build bigger barns to house his bounty will not find the Kingdom as he who is rich in treasure will not be rich in the Kingdom.  Coming from the rural state of Nebraska that may seem paradoxical, but we should say that in the hope of the Kingdom we must share of our time, talent, and treasure.  Giving of our gifts and of ourselves to the church and the community brings us in closer communion, not only with the Lord, but with ourselves.

When we look at the Responsorial Psalm, we sing the Canticle of Zechariah, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.”  Has he really?  If you take this literally concern is raised for the people of Israel and the Jewish State in the international plea for an independent coexistence with Palestine.  The Psalm claims deliverance from the oppressor and the enemy, but how must we as a holy people go out and act for this peace and for the oppressed?  The classical dilemma so rightly addressed by what I have learned from the Jesuit charisms (no relation to St. Ignatius of Antioch whose feast is today).  Let us go forth and set the world on fire with the love and passion for peace and justice.  Let us look to the Lord and our brothers and sisters for direction and take it!  The passive voice and the stationary actor do not help lead the charge.  However, today, as in the past, we must remember not all action is movement, but includes dialogue and progress.  Let us pray for that today.

Although this occurrence in international relations is pertinent and something we should pray about through a plea for peace, we should look for where God has come to his people and where God has come to us.  We should look to a form of the Examen:
Where is he in my actions, in my personal interactions, in my words, in my works, and in my day?

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