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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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September 14th, 2013
Rachel Marlow
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[638] Num 21: 4b-9
Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
Phil 2:6-11
Jn 3: 13-17

We see one of the most iconic pieces of Christian scripture in today’s Gospel: John 3:16.  You can find it at sporting events, on the bottom of shopping bags, on bumper stickers, and many other places we might not even think to look.  Some may find it annoying, but we often still need these reminders.  Difficult things happen in life, and we can get upset and angry with God sometimes, like the Israelites in the desert.  We can feel as though God has turned against us and is no longer taking care of us, but we need to remember that he gave the ultimate sacrifice for us.  God gave us his son, and gave us the opportunity to have eternal life through him.

Sometimes, we think we have it hard, and we can either turn to or turn against God in those times.  Sometimes we thing we have it all figured out, and we can either praise God or we can think we don’t need him as much in our lives.  But at the end of the day, I know I realize that my problems are miniscule and petty compared to some around the world.  And just when I think I’ve gotten everything figured out and I know what’s going on, something happens and I realize that I need God more than ever in my life.

So thank you to the random guy holding the poster at sporting events. You remind me that God isn’t just for an hour on Sundays, he is for every moment of every day.

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