From a Creighton Student's Perspective
May 22, 2011
Senior, Nursing Major
I dare say that I am not alone in these thoughts.
The readings today, all of them, beg us to reexamine our mindset in these moments. First Peter jumps right out, calling us “living stones,” “precious in the sight of God.” Is there any possibility that anything, found precious by God, can be insignificant? He goes on, stating we “are a chosen race, a royal priesthood.” As such, the Father created each of us to serve him in a specific and unique way. What a challenge when you align it with today’s first reading, in which we find the Twelve appointing seven men to tend the community; seven priests commissioned in the laying of hands. The Twelve recognized two things. First, their primary directive from Christ was to spread the good word. Second, they could not neglect the community in this mission. These new priests began to shepherd the flock and see to the daily needs of their congregation. This offers a prime example of how the early church put into practice the Word it was preaching. They chose men whom they believed to have a deep understanding of the faith and who were filled with the Spirit to be examples and guides for the rest of the faithful.
This calling continues for us today as we each live our faith. We must have faith in the Gospel, which shows us Christ’s teachings and commands; we've each received a commission along with the Apostles to spread it. However, more than that, we must live it out, as Stephen and the others did, ministering to and being part of our community. St. Francis recognized that our actions and choices were strong tools of ministry, stating, “preach the Gospel and when necessary use words.” We see another side of this in James chapter 2 when he writes, “faith without works is dead.” Thus, the challenge is to go beyond the words of the Bible and to live them out each day; a noble, worthy, and demanding cause. We must always remember that Christ is backing us up from Zion: “Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12). With Christ present throughout our lives, we can run the good race as the Lord has planned.
Lord, on this day, may we answer you, who called us out of darkness, and enter into your wonderful light. Amen.
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