Reflection for Thursday, June 30, 2011: 13th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorZuegner, Carolen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorZuegner, Mary C.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T18:11:53Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T18:11:53Z
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US
dc.date.day30en_US
dc.date.daynameThursdayen_US
dc.date.issued2011-06-30en_US
dc.date.monthJuneen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 13en_US
dc.date.year2011en_US
dc.description.abstractThe story of Abraham willing to sacrifice his son is a powerful one. His trust in God and his willingness to do that what is unthinkable because God asked him to humbles me.||But the story of Abraham and his sacrifice is not just a reading from the Old Testament. I was lucky enough to meet a most remarkable woman named Mama Angelina Aytam while on a recent trip to Uganda with students for a class, Backpack Journalism.|In Uganda, a ferocious civil war raged for 20 years. The rebel leader abducted children from their villages to serve as soldiers or as “wives” for his commanders. Mama Angelina’s 14-year-old daughter was abducted from her boarding school. During that time, Mama Angelina and the other parents of abducted children prayed and tried to get the world to pay attention to their story. Mama Angelina realized while praying the Our Father with the parents that she had to forgive the rebels if she hoped to get her daughter back. She did forgive and urged others to do the same. But she kept up her advocacy to get the children back. That pressure on the rebels led to an offer from the leader eight months later: He would return her daughter if she would stop the campaign. She asked for the return of all the children. The rebel leader said no. She then refused the offer, seeing it as a betrayal to all of the other parents and children. It would be nearly seven years before she saw her daughter. Today she says she is blessed because her daughter also understood why her mother did what she did. |Her willingness to forgive and her trust in God stagger me. Like the people in the Gospel reading, she believed in doing the right thing. My prayer today is to try to live out the word of God as Mama Angelina did, to practice forgiveness wholeheartedly and without reserve.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 380en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/50977
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalismen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.relation.nexthttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/54678
dc.relation.previoushttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/50962
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/64950
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.local1Genesis 22:1b-19en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 115:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 9:1-8en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, June 30, 2011: 13th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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