Reflection for Friday, October 31, 2003: 30th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorLanahan, Joanen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorLanahan, Joanen_US Ien_US Timeen_US 30en_US
dc.description.abstractWE RELY ON GOD'S PROMISE ||The psalmist reminds us that God loves us with his whole heart. "God has granted peace in your borders," reminds me of a line of a Celtic begging prayer: "God to Enclose Me." |This is God, Father and Mother, as Julian of Norwich speaks of God. Can't you picture God, loving parent, enclosing you with his love? That is a good picture of God signifying us as "children of God." |This loving God has promised us:|"I will not leave you ... |I will always love you ... |I love you with an everlasting love |We can read this in scripture and hear it preached in homilies. Sometimes though, we can't see or believe it. We are blinded. |One of these blind times can occur when we pray for healing -- healing for a loved one or ourself -- from cancer or another illness, from alcoholism or another addiction, or from blindness to some reality we can't accept. We often expect God to act by our rules, just like the Pharisees.| We don't always recognize God's healing graces. Jesus performed a miracle of healing just when he wasn't supposed to, according to laws of the Sabbath. They couldn't believe it. Their eyes weren't opened to expect the unexpected.|God's healing comes in God's way and God's time. Last summer while on retreat at a lovely beach, my mother, who died in 1997, came to me in my dreams. I didn't think I had brought mother with me. Little did I know that God had a surprise-healing gift for me - my relationship with mother.|God's healing often comes as a surprise. Perhaps it's forgiveness of a person for an old hurt, or a grief that becomes acceptance of a loss, or a cloud of suspicion dissipates with truthfulness. |God's healing always comes as an answer to God's promise: "I will always love you." We simply need to be open to recognize God's grace and to receive it.|God encloses us with love. Look for God's Tender Loving Care!en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 483en_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Pharmacy and Health Professionsen_US
dc.program.unitOccupational Therapyen_US
dc.program.unitPhysical Therapyen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Romans 9:1-5en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 14:1-6en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, October 31, 2003: 30th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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