Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 20, 2011
by

Emily Furjanic

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Lv 19:1-2, 17-18
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Cor 3:16-23
Mt 5:38-48

The readings and Gospel today discuss the importance of loving thy neighbor and letting go of any hatred towards our brothers and sisters. Instead of taking revenge or holding grudges against our foes, we are called to pray for them and do things that would be beneficial for them. God is the one who made us “temples” that house his Spirit. If we wrong another, we are hurting the Spirit of God, which ends up hurting ourselves. God was generous in making us holy by putting the Spirit within us; to express our gratitude, we must love our neighbors as ourselves.

Love Thy Neighbor. We have heard this saying many times in our lives, and one would think we'd have it down by now. However, loving your neighbor is actually a hard thing to do. It is a daily commitment that takes effort and patience on one’s part, and depending on the day, a person may or may not be in the “love thy neighbor” mood.

Here at college, I find loving my neighbors an adventure. Most days I enjoy all of the girls on my floor giggling and partaking in some lovely chatter. However, some days I wish I had an easy button like the one in the Staples' commercial that basically muted everything and everyone. It is undeniable that everyone has had similar experiences, but it is important that at the end of the day we let go of our hatred and anger so that they do not block our vision of what really matters.

So, as we leave our houses, apartments or dorms this morning, let's remember to love our neighbors and greet them with a friendly smile!


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