Daily Reflection
September 3rd, 2005

Marcia Cusic

School of Medicine
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Memorial of St. Gregory the Great
Colossians 1:21-23
Psalm 54:3-4, 6 and 8
Luke 6:1-5

As I read today’s readings I thought about how important it is to read the scriptures! In a “Why go to church?” conversation with our 20 year-old-son this summer I expressed to him the value of listening to the scriptures as a reminder of the joy, confidence and trust that God expresses through scripture.

Today’s readings just seem to flow so gently in reminding us to choose to live life in relationship with God. To trust that, while we will make human errors, God will forgive us if we ask and then strive to correct our errors living joyfully with others. I hope as I live my life joyfully that, like Paul, I too can be a minister who will “Persevere in the faith; firmly grounded, stable.”

While reading the Psalm I thought of my partnership with God, “Hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth.” I look at prayer as a joint effort between the Lord and myself, to be open to His plans in my prayer requests. “God is my helper, I really do trust that, if I open myself up to his words and ask the Lord to be with me I will be successful, at peace and will have opportunities, in my life, to be “Christ-like” with others.

The Gospel, reminded me of the idea, “Doing what is right because it is the right thing to do” and not basing actions on “Because it’s the law.” Jesus mentions David to the Pharisees and I thought about how important role models are for people. I know that I choose certain actions over others because of the influence of role models in my life. I was fortunate to have been able to work with and get to know the Medical School Chaplain who preceded me and to this day, when a decision needs to be made or an action taken, I stop and think, “ What would Father O’Leary do in this situation?”

Jesus is certainly a role model for all of us along with the people in our lives that we respect because of their faith and the choices they have made about how to live life day to day. I am ever grateful to those early Christians who recorded the messages of God.

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