Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 14, 2011

James Doyle

Freshman, Undecided Major, Pre-Med

Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25
Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Lk 7:18b-23

"Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" - Luke 7:19

While John was in prison, he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus this fundamental question. “Are you the one?” Whether we know it or not, this is the same question we are asking him today, two thousand years later. “Jesus, are you the one I need to be living my life for, or is there another?”

This may seem like a relatively straightforward question. Jesus can either answer “yes” or “no” and the problem will be solved. But he chooses not to dictate everything in exact detail for John, and he certainly does not dictate everything in perfect detail for us either. While praying about my own vocation, I often wish Jesus would speak to me with a deep, booming voice from Heaven. “Be a priest,” or “Go get married.” It would make discerning God’s will for my life much easier, but God does not operate that way. Instead, he asks us to look around us; to look at the signs. We must see the work God is doing in our lives and be open to his call, for it will come, but only if we listen.

We live in a noisy world. There are countless distractions, like the television, the Internet, cell phones, and iPods. None of those things are bad, but they all contribute to the noise which surrounds us and drones out the voice of God. How often do we actually take time to be quiet and listen to God speaking in the quiet stillness? When we take the time to watch nature, we experience something remarkable: silence. Nature grows in silence. The trees, the flowers, and even human beings all grow and mature in silence. In much the same way, our spiritual lives will grow in silence, but we have to let it. We need to make time every day for silent prayer, whether it be meditating on the Word of God, the mysteries of the Rosary, committing to a Holy Hour in Eucharistic Adoration, or even just having a quiet conversation with Jesus in the depths of our heart. If we take time out of our daily lives to listen to God’s voice, we, too, will come to know for ourselves that Jesus is the Son of the God, and the one who is asking us to give our lives in pursuit of holiness.

Today is the feast of St. John of the Cross, and he found an answer to this question which can be applied to each of our lives. “Take God for your spouse and friend and walk with him continually, and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.” God is the one who has come into our lives and who is asking us to follow him. We need only say “yes” to his call.

St John of the Cross, we ask you to intercede for us in Heaven, and help us find silence and listen to the voice of God in our lives that, through our thoughts, words, deeds, and actions, we might lead others to him.

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