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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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September 25th, 2013
Ben Dellaria
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[451] Ezra 9:5-9
Tob 13:2, 3-4a, 6cd, 7-8, 6fg
Luke 9:1-6

As I read this, I cannot help but notice that Jesus is asking us to trust wholly in God’s love and grace for us. We are to take “nothing for the journey”, not even food, money or spare clothes. I always want to live a life of faith in which I depend solely on God, but rarely do I do so. I most often keep a backup, just in case it doesn’t work out, or God doesn’t provide like he has promised to me. Yet there have been a few times that I have sold out for Jesus and he has not disappointed in those times.

As I was applying to medical school, I was waitlisted at Creighton and accepted at another school. My fiancé, now wife, and I prayed about which school to go to, and we both sensed God’s peace as we prayed over being in Omaha. We decided to turn down the other school and put our trust in the word that God had given to us. Within two days of turning down the other school, my wife got a fellowship at Creighton and two months later I was accepted at Creighton medical school.

I am embarrassed to say it now, but even though we made the decision to trust that God had spoken to us, the next two months were nerve wracking to me. I was unsure whether God would follow through and I might get into medical school. It didn’t help that about a month in, the director of admissions told me flat out that my chances were poor this year. Despite my lack of complete trust, God remained faithful to his word. How can we more fully entrust our lives to the goodness and faithfulness of our loving father?

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