Daily Reflection
From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 6th , 2007

Sarah Gude

Senior, Theology Major (Pre-Med)

Rom 12:5-16ab
Ps 131:1bcde, 2, 3
Lk 14:15-24

Lately I’ve been overwhelmed by the immense amount of suffering in the world. Turn on the TV, read the paper, look around you and there’s a lot of hardship and pain. The first reading from Romans was a good reminder to me to take a deep breath and have a little more faith in myself and the people around me. Paul writes, Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.

He continues with some concrete examples, including prophecy, teaching and ministry, which contribute to making the world a little better place. The whole reading gives me a positive sense of direction, especially the line, “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.”

The gospel reading is a continuation of that sentiment. The master spent all this time (and money) preparing a feast, but his “friends” were too busy to spend time with him. He turns the situation into a positive one by remembering the less fortunate around him. How cool! The master is an example of service in action as he offers his food and his hospitality for others.

I am reminded of a phrase I often hear from my parents, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” That idea that each person can make a difference wherever they are is extremely comforting to me. Both readings speak to that idea, and the gospel expands upon that thought by providing a specific story.

The readings also remind me to take time to thank God for the many blessings I have in my life. Right now I’m sitting outside in the Jesuit Gardens on Creighton’s campus, enjoying a beautiful fall day. There’s a gorgeous tree in front of me whose leaves have turned a brilliant red. Three of my friends just walked by and said hello. I’m listening to some relaxing jazz tunes by Stan Getz. And I’m blessed to have a laptop on which I can write this reflection. Life is good.

The responsorial psalm ties the two readings together nicely. Today I will use the refrain as a prayer—and a reminder. A reminder to take a deep breath, remember the less fortunate, notice the little things that I can do on a daily basis, and thank God for my many blessings.

In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

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