Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 31, 2011

Mary Clare Lally

Freshman, Accounting and Theology Double Major

Jer 7:23-28
Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Lk 11:14-23

"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." - Luke 11:23

We are called to be disciples of the Lord. And we are called to do so at all times. Today's first reading, taken from Jeremiah, speaks of the "nation that does not listen to the voice of the Lord, its God": the nation that is hard of heart regardless of God's instruction to listen to his voice and do as he commands. The faithfulness is no more. This reminds me of the lives of many of us Christians, who simply go through the phases of taking care of our own personal needs, but do not live the words of the Lord.

Luke's Gospel tells the story of Jesus driving a demon out of a deaf man, granting him the ability to speak. He informs the marveling crowd that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. He reasons that since the finger of God drove out the demons, the kingdom of God is at hand. "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." This quote seems to be the main point driven home today. When we as Christians do not take on the full responsibility set out here by our Creator, we are not fully with God.

When we go to Mass but zone out and don't pay attention, we are not fully with God. When we gossip about our peers, we might as well be against God. When we become obsessive about school or work without really living life to the fullest, our mediocrity divides us against our God. When we are overly self-critical or become obsessed with our physical appearance, we are not fully on God's side. When we do not defend our faith, we are not defending our God, and are certainly not fully with him.

In order to be with and not against God, it is our duty to do as he commands, living life to the fullest, doing what is right according to his will. Only then are we with him. Otherwise, we may as well be against him and scattered.

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