From a Creighton Student's Perspective
February 26, 2011
In today’s readings, one aspect that truly stood out to me was how fatherly God is towards human beings. The first reading seems to be basically a recount of the creation of humankind. God gave humans knowledge and wisdom; God also made a covenant with humans in which we, as humans, should strive to “avoid all evil.” Because we “cannot be hidden from his eyes,” we are aware of God’s omnipotence.
This notion of God as a father figure to humans continues into the psalm for today. The responsorial psalm, “The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him,” is meant to remind us of our beginnings and how we would not be here if God had never created us. We should all strive to be humble individuals and live up to God’s covenant with us.
The fatherly tone again carries into the Gospel for today. Jesus is portrayed as a father to all of the children—probably not necessarily children in a literal sense, but rather those who wanted to live as children of God. When it says, “Whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it,” I think the scripture may be referencing what is typically thought of as a child’s innocence and purity of heart. Anyone who desires to live a life in God should not be held back like some of the people in today’s Gospel were, but should instead be allowed to be free and live a life fulfilling God’s covenant.
May we all be children of God because God is the Father and Creator of us all. We should strive to be virile and energetic throughout our days; to live in the joy of a life centered on the covenant we made with God. May we always be humble, remembering our origins.
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