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dc.contributor.authorLierk, Kyleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-20T16:33:20Z
dc.date.available2020-02-20T16:33:20Z
dc.date.issued2020-02-24en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 341en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/126075
dc.description.abstract|There is a great scene in the film "The Legend of Bagger Vance" where the character of Vance, an aspiring golfer played by Matt Damon, has found himself in the rough (literally and figuratively) on a hole during a tournament. The predicament of the spot causes him to quickly fall into a dark place emotionally and he considers quitting. Just at that moment his caddy, a God-like character played by Will Smith, enters the scene and reminds him of his own potential. It takes the teacher's voice and belief to bring the student back from the brink of his unbelief.|In today's Gospel, Jesus is in full-on teacher mode. He has just come down from the mountaintop with three of his friends when he happens upon the rest of his disciples engaged in an argument with a growing crowd. Perhaps he is still dripping with light from his recent transfiguration or perhaps his infamy has preceded him, but the crowd sees him and are "utterly amazed." Like any good educator he begins with a question, "What are you arguing about with them?"|Quickly, Jesus shifts his tone from one that is curious to one that almost has a chastising ring to it. When he learns that his students, the disciples, have been unable to drive out the dark spirit that possesses a child in their midst, he retorts, "O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me." I can almost see the frustration (and possible sadness) on his face before he takes the "here, let me do it" approach. A bit later, the father of the possessed boy seems to even question Jesus' ability when he says, "If you can do anything…" Again, Jesus quips almost sarcastically, ""If you can!'" quoting what sounds like doubt from the father.|Then comes the crux of the story and the real teaching moment for Jesus. He shares with the father, loud enough so everyone within earshot can hear, "Everything is possible to one who has faith." Well if that isn't a lesson I need to continue learning, I don't know what is! In my imagination with the scripture, I join the father in saying, "I do believe, help my unbelief!"|Like Bagger Vance and this father, there are times when the dark spirits of life are "shouting their bad advice" (as Mary Oliver calls it) and I succumb to the confusion and chaos that causes. I lose sight of my true north and begin finding myself in the "rough" of life. Inevitably, Jesus shows up with light in his eyes through my wife or a friend or some momentary gift from nature and reteaches me the lesson of belief. As St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote in his Autobiography (referring to himself in the third person), "At that period God dealt with him as a teacher instructing a pupil."|As we step up to the threshold of Lent with Ash Wednesday this week, I desire to sit up straight in my desk, eyes forward and sharpened pencil at the ready to learn what new lessons God has to teach me about deepening my belief.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/126084
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, February 24, 2020: 7th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day24en_US
dc.date.year2020en_US
dc.date.monthFebruaryen_US
dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorLierk, Kyleen_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 7en_US
dc.relation.nexthttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/126076
dc.relation.previoushttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/126074
dc.subject.local1James 3:13-18en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 15en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 9:14-29en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US


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