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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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March 16th, 2014

Megan Lightfoot

The first thing that came to mind when as I read the first reading was going back to freshman year when I was leaving home to come to college.  “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.”  These were the words my heart was hearing even if I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be or not.  Yes, there is the excitement of going to college and taking a big step in our journey of life, but also to fear of the unknown and often missing the comfort of home.  Whatever the “go forth” looks like in your life, our Lord is speaking these words to you.  As we go forth we receive these words from our Lord just as Abram did, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”  Such an incredibly beautiful promise and hope that our Lord gives us with this invitation to go forth.  As this is my fourth year at Creighton and I have two more left in Pharmacy School, I think back on the journey thus far and see how truly blessed I am.  In all honesty this isn’t my first thought though; the currently exhausted student in the midst of a difficult semester doesn’t immediately call to mind those blessings.  Rather the difficulties come to mind first:  Lord- there have been so many challenges, so many difficulties, sufferings, and times I have felt disappointed in the last four years.  What I am forgetting is that our Lord is present in the midst of our difficulties, in the midst of our suffering, and he is providing blessings - so many blessings that in the everyday hustle and bustle of life I hardly notice them.  To truly “bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God,” in itself is a HUGE blessing.  A thankful heart is a joyful heart; let us pray for the grace to be attentive to the blessings in our lives, both big and small
It is easy to get caught up in wanting to stay comfortable, to stay in the land of our kinsfolk, or as Peter says in the Gospel, “Lord it is good that we are here.  If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  Think of everything that would not have happened if Peter would have set up the tents.  Think of how many people would not have had the opportunity to meet Jesus, how many people Peter and the other apostles would not have been able to disciple and introduce to Jesus.  No, Jesus doesn’t set up tents- he is always moving forward, always embracing more people and inviting them into relationship with him.  How are you doing so far in this Lenten journey?  Are you moving forward with Christ, continuing to prepare your heart for the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday?  Have you become stuck, wanting to stay in your old habits, maybe even your own pattern of sin?  Is your heart thankful, joyful, and overflowing with God’s love to others, inviting them to know and meet Jesus? 
This is difficult though because we often don’t want to move, and it cannot be done by our own doing - it is by God’s grace and blessing.  In times when you feel afraid, allow our Lord to speak to your heart, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”  Where is Jesus inviting you today?
Lord, grant us the grace today to be mindful of the many blessings you bestow upon our lives each day, the blessings of joy and peace as well as sufferings and hardships - that we may bear all with You.  Pray for us Lord, that we may respond to your invitation as willingly as Abram did, going as you direct us.  “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.” 

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