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dc.contributor.authorMausbach, Annen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 254en_US
dc.description.abstractI have two older sisters and we are all three just a year apart in age. Growing up my sisters took great pleasure (as most siblings do) in tormenting me at every available opportunity. I vividly remember when they told me there was no Santa Claus. Upon hearing this from them I immediately reverted to the three D's - denial, dismissal, and deflection. The three D's sounded something like this in my head:|Denial - no way could there not be a Santa, I had received too many gifts from him over the years, not to mention the cookies and milk he drank that we set out each Christmas Eve|Dismissal - my sisters were just messing with me as they often did, just like when they told me I was adopted and really belonged to a family in England|Deflection - I am not going to think about this, it just doesn't make any sense, this will blow over, it is just too confusing|In today's gospel the Jews were going through the same emotions that I did when I first heard that there was no Santa Claus. It is easy to be judgmental of the Jews, but they reacted as many of us do when our long held beliefs are put into question. Their three D's might have sounded something like this:|Denial - everyone dies that has been proven time and time again, how can Jesus say that whoever keeps his word will never die|Dismissal - Jesus is crazy, he said he met Abraham, that just isn't logical, Abraham died long before this character came on the scene|Deflection - this needs to go away because it is so confusing, so let's get Jesus out of the way by throwing stones|The dialogue between Jesus and the Jews in today's gospel calls us to move from three D thinking and replace it with three A's. Rather than denial , we are being called to accept . Embracing God's unending love for us can be difficult, especially when the voice in our head tells us we are unworthy, but it is always there for us. Our job is to accept and even surrender to the fact that no matter what God's love will prevail.|We need to allow rather than dismiss . Allowing has us opening up our hearts and minds to Jesus presence in our life. Rather than writing off what we don't understand we need to concede to the mysteries of our faith and find God's hand in our daily life.|And finally, rather than deflect when we encounter things that don't make sense we have to assist . Rather than averting our attention from God's message assisting asks us to stay. Assisting may look like prayer or listening or simply showing up to help a friend in need. Assisting is finding God in all things even when it isn't always clear.|Today, let us pray for acceptance, allowance, and assistance in our faith life. Help us to be open to God's love so that we may enjoy the many gifts we have been given.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherSt. Stanislausen_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday April 11, 2019: 5th Week of Lent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitEducational Leadershipen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMausbach, Annen_US 5en_US
dc.subject.local1Genesis 17:3-9en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4John 8:51-59en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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