From a Creighton Student's Perspective
January 16, 2011
Junior, Theology Major
In every college student’s mind, there arises the ultimate question: What am I going to do with my life? While some may have a slight idea of where their life will lead them, the seemingly limitless possibilities and choices do have an intimating effect on many people, including myself. There are so many important decisions to make in these few years that will forever impact our futures. Sometimes we just do not know where to turn or what to think. We all want to find joy and fulfillment, but we often have no idea where to look.
The readings today help provide a map for our wanderings. They remind us of one constant truth on which we can build our lives: we are all called to be servants of God. With the first reading, we are reminded that God intended us to be servants that would proclaim His glory. It is deceptively powerful when the reading says, “Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb” (Isaiah 49:1). This mere statement shows us that from the beginning, our call to serving God has been intimately linked to our very existence. In a way, we simply are because we are called to serve God. However, God does not want us to just be His servants. God challenges us to lift up the suffering and “become a light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). With the second reading and the Gospel, we come to realize Paul and John the Baptist are two men who understood this duty and completely gave of themselves to others. Paul and John brought many people together to form communities of believers, and we are called to follow their example. Through our actions, we need to unite ourselves to others so that God’s salvation “may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).
While the readings together may be seen as a reminder to realize our common identity as servants of God, the Responsorial Psalm acts as our battle cry. "Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will!" It expresses our desire to joyfully follow wherever God may lead us, and it shows our recognition that our lives are meant to be directed towards God. Even though the future might seem daunting and confusing, we know that we will find our way if we open ourselves to God’s guidance. Therefore, we should not ask ourselves, “What am I going to do with my life?” Instead, we should narrow down this question and wonder, “How can I best use my life to serve God?”
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