Daily Reflection for April 15, 2011

Jer. 20:10-13 Jn. 10:31-42
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In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of believing in “works” of God, “so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”  God has ways of working and speaking through different people in our lives.  Sometimes it is in subtle examples of how they live out their faith.  Sometimes it is in advice, comfort, or encouragement that they are able to give to someone when it is most needed.  Other times, it is found in someone’s cheerful attitude and their willingness to pitch in whenever and wherever needed.  Likewise, God calls us, through our own works, to help bring that same light to others.  Sometimes, the stress in our lives causes our perception to give way to fear or confusion, and, like the author of the eighteenth psalm, we find ourselves calling out to God in our distress for help and guidance.  I’m a firm believer that nothing happens by chance and that God puts works in our paths constantly to inspire and guide us in our daily lives, especially when we are most in need.

My cousins on my dad’s side of the family have a family tradition called “High Low.”  Every night at the dinner table, everyone has to say a “high” of their day and a “low” of their day, and you can’t repeat what someone else has already said.  It’s always a fun way to share a bit about your day when we get together.  So often, our world happens so fast, and we find ourselves running about twelve different directions at once.  This little game can really help you to step back and realize the ways in which God has touched our lives that particular day.  The next time you are together with family or friends or the next time you kneel down to pray, think about your “High Low” for the day.  Where did you find God in your life today?  Did you heed His call?  Who do you see God working through?  Are there any habits that are preventing you from living your lives in the way Christ taught through his own works?

Really, when you think about it, that is what the season of Lent represents.  It’s meant to invite us to step back, to mend our “lows,” to find strength and guidance in our “highs,” and to grow closer as a committed, loving, and active family of believers.

Stephen Kissel
Graduate student pursuing Master’s and PhD in United States History
Lector for the SLU campus Masses and as a committee member for the History Department’s American History Forum

 

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