Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 18, 2011
by

Mason Miller

Senior, Nursing Major

Ez 18:21-28
Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8
Mt 5:20-26

Live in the now. Live humbly.

I often find myself looking to the future, which is not at all unexpected as I am a senior who has far more questions than answers.  Where will I live?  What will I do? What does the next year hold for me?  I have taken a nursing job for the summer but August holds so many uncertainties.  Following those future worries are those of the past.  As students, we are constantly fretting over past grades, our GPAs, and trying to decide if the major I chose four years ago is really what I want to do for the next forty.  Ezekiel gives quite the wake up call.  Do all of these past and future things matter nearly as much as the present?  Today we are told ‘no.’  The Lord loves us for who we are now, and doesn’t hold our past actions over our head. The psalmist sings of a merciful, forgiving God. He rejoices more than we could ever imagine each time we turn from sin and look to him. 

I think we are often blessed with glimpses of this: little interactions in our daily lives. There is nothing more awesome to me than when I get to see a child at my summer camp finally “get it,” understanding that Christ is not this far away God, but a divine friend and teacher.  The change of heart is only half the battle; now we are called to keep that dedication in a broken world.  It becomes more than to just not do wrong; Christ, in the Gospel, calls us to reform our minds and attitudes: to make our faith part of our being.  Keeping one’s mind focused is a daily struggle as we try to live our faith with each present moment.  Practice and dedication create virtue. We cannot focus solely on who we will be in the future, or we will fall into temptation now. We must look to Jesus with each moment, not dwelling on our past inequities or future possibilities but living our faith in the present.

As the sentinels of today’s psalm patrolled the cities of old, dealing with thieves, criminals, and terrors of the night, let us be strong in resisting daily temptations and wait on the light of dawn, the Light of the Lord.


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