Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
December 29th, 2011
Susan Tinley

School of Nursing
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Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
[202 1 John 2:3-11
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Luke 2:22-35

In today’s reading, John is very specific about being and living who we say we are. It is our actions not just empty claims of knowing Jesus that will secure us a place in the light.  The actions that he writes of are actions that are based on a sincere love of our sisters and brothers.  That kind of love that motivates our actions comes from a recognition of the dignity bestowed by God on each and every human being.  That kind of love motivates us to treat everyone with respect , to meet their needs, soothe their pain and sorrow, and provide a witness to the love that comes from our heavenly father.

It is a love that does not allow for discrimination between the beginning of life and the end of life, the person on death row  and the saintly neighbor, the rich and the poor, the mentally ill and the physically ill, the homeless man begging at the interstate exit and those who are gainfully employed, etc.  It is not always an easy love; we all have prejudices that we have to work at overcoming or at least moments when it is difficult to truly find God in another.  Jesus is always there to help us in finding the dignity of others as long as we are open to him.

A dear friend of mine provided many lessons in acceptance and finding the dignity of others.  She could be very outspoken, but it was in favor of the rights of others.  This friend died suddenly a couple of days ago and I am so grateful for the lessons that she has provided.  What more could anyone ask of a friend.  I have no doubt that she has secured her eternal place in the light.
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