From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 26, 2011
Freshman, Chemistry Major, Pre-Pharmacy
In our lives, we tend to strive for goodness. However, we are never guaranteed that success in life, and we sometimes struggle to find the right path to take. In today’s reading from Micah, God is telling the shepherd to gather his people, like he does his flock, and guide them to the right path. The leader of the group, in this case the shepherd, needs to help them to make the good decisions that God wishes for them to have and take away the sinfulness that has been reigning over them.
In the Gospel, the shepherd is represented by the father of the two sons. When one of his sons leaves the household in hope to find something better in life, the son begins to starve to death and realizes that the comfort of his family is no longer present in his life. He turned away from the good life that he lived and chose a life which left him alone and helpless. When he returns to his house, the father welcomes him with open arms as if he had never left in the first place. He is the shepherd flocking his sheep and forgiving the sins of the lost sheep.
This famous Bible passage, The Prodigal Son, along with the first reading and psalm teach us of the great redeeming power of our Lord. He is willing to forgive us and treat us with the love and compassion that lies within him. No one in this world is perfect and sin casts over each individual. Despite the sin that lies with us, God is able to look past it and see a loving human being who has a purpose to live out on this earth.
I have heard this famous Gospel reading countless times, but I still believe that the message that God is trying to convey to his people describes God’s forgiveness. He knows that we will fall on our hands and knees, but he is willing to pick us back up and set us on our feet again so that we can continue to pave our way on our life path.
So today, let us realize that God is with us every step of the way. He is willing to love and forgive each one of us.
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