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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

February 26th, 2014
by
Kellen O'Neill
Bio| Email: KellenONeill@creighton.edu

As a senior at Creighton, I’m at a stage of my life where I have some big decisions to make about my future, and these readings really resonated with me in regard to my life situation. Making a life plan is a very natural and human thing to do, but it can be a hindrance at times to realizing what God is really calling us to do. There are so many events in life that we simply cannot plan for, and really “you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow” (James 4:13). If we do have a plan, it needs to be adaptable to unforeseen circumstances and opportunities set before us, and it especially needs to be lived out by discerning on a continual basis whether the choices we are making are giving the most possible glory to God. God will never force us to go down a certain path. We have to choose our path while being open to the opportunities set before us and praying to God for direction.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples were not originally open to others working miracles on Christ’s behalf if these people did not follow Christ exactly as his most intimate disciples did. The disciples likely did not see the work of these other people as part of the set plan they had in their minds for what God was going to do. However, God’s plan is so much larger and grander than anything we could imagine ourselves, and he sees the big picture. That big picture may include allowing others to work on Jesus’ behalf as the disciples discovered, and for us today, God’s plan may very likely be different from the set plans we may have made for ourselves. We need to be receptive to the mystery of God’s plan and understand that we can’t foresee exactly how our lives are going to be played out.

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