Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 24, 2011
by

Katie Kastl

Junior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major

Heb 9:15, 24-28
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6
Mk 3:22-30

“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”

When I hear today’s Gospel reading I cannot help but think of the divisions that not only this world suffers, but also specifically the division that Christianity suffers. We have drawn lines between us: I believe this and and she believes that, so we cannot talk about religion. Christianity is a house divided. If we are so divided, how can we stand in a world that is so against us?

I take this reading as God calling me out. I have spent a lot of time saying that another denomination is wrong because they have lost this belief or they changed that thing. Rather, I should be focusing on what we have in common: our shared faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to proclaim this to the world through our lives. It is a call for me to break down the walls I have put up between me and other Christians. If a house divided cannot stand, how can I expect the Church, the Body of Christ, to endure when I have placed a divider between my fellow Christians and myself? Today’s Gospel is a call to me: a wake-up call. God is asking me to break down the barriers I have placed in my life and foster communication and dialogue between those Christians I know and myself.  Only then can our house hope to stand and to endure until the Son of Man comes again.



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