Saturday, March 21, 2015

Reflection for Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
JN 7: 40-53

For my reflection I am going to be focusing on the verse read before the gospel. Today it is from Luke 8:15- “But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are they who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.” Often times it is habit to feel like we have been placed on bad soil. It is easy to look at all of the parts of our lives that are not what we hoped for them to be and wish that they were different. This is where I ask you to realize that we have been placed on good soil. God has picked each and every one of us and placed us on good soil. While we should be joyful that God loves and cares for each one of us, we need to look past the fact that we have been placed on good soil and realize what we can do because of that fact. Like any plant, you can place it on the best soil in the world but if you neglect it- it will wither and die. Plants need help to thrive. Just to name a few, they need water, sunlight and pruning. We too need help to thrive. We cannot solely rely on the fact that we have been created in the image and likeness of God- we must do more. However, that is easier said than done- especially during Lent… or so we thought.

Here on this good soil at SLU we have countless opportunities to grow in our faith, especially during Lent! We should water ourselves with the knowledge of our professors, fellow faculty or staff members, fellow students, or community members. SLU attracts some truly wonderful people that we can share in experiences with and ultimately learn from. We should let the light of our faith shine on us. Some of the most moving experiences I have had have taken place sitting in College Church. As you navigate through campus during the day, take a couple minutes to sit and be still in our beautiful church. Finally, there is pruning. Now, we shouldn’t simply prune all of the “bad” parts out of our lives. Often times we can learn great lessons from these parts of our lives we consider being “bad.” Instead, prune out the distractions from Christ in your life. Make a conscious effort to find out what is separating you from being fully present in your faith life.

Let us remember that while we have been placed on good soil, we must also “embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”

Alé Krudop is a Junior majoring in Education.

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