From a Creighton Student's Perspective
January 3, 2012
Sophomore, English Major
“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” -1 John 3:1
When looking over and reflecting upon today’s readings, I struggled to discern the message of the scripture passages. Where is the common thread among them? What are we to learn or be reminded of through reading them? It wasn’t until a second perusal of the passage from John Chapter 1 that I saw the connection.
The message from the responsorial psalm is fairly clear: we are to sing praises to the Lord our God, to worship him and his “wondrous deeds”. This was easy for me to connect with – I have always found singing my favorite way to worship, whether during service or otherwise. And what is not to praise? God loves us, his children, however imperfect and lost we are. He calls us his children and makes us pure, just as the 1 John reading tells us. How marvelous is his love! So of course we ought to praise him.
In the passage from John, we see John the Baptist testifying to all gathered around him that Jesus, who is approaching him, is the Son of God. But how does this relate to the other passages? I didn’t understand at first, but now it seems so apparent to me. We as Christians are called to honor and worship our Lord by acting in righteousness and praising through song, but we also are called to spread the good news of Christ by testifying to others. This is a simple concept, but one of which I think we often lose sight. Just as important and moving as singing a song of praise during service is telling others of the love we have been given by God. We have been given such a gift, it is time, in this new year, that we share that gift with the world around us.
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