Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 16, 2012
by

Kayla Zobel

Senior, Medical Anthropology Major

Jas 2:1-9
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Mk 8:27-33

“My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.”
- James 2:1


Partiality.  The word seems simple enough to understand.  However, is it simple to avoid?  We all have prejudices, even though admitting these out loud is nearly impossible.  Our past experiences help to define how we will live our lives.  I am sure we haveall heard such an idea before, but have we really thought about how these experiences shape our interactions?  How we may treat people differently because of them?

In the first reading we see how past experiences and society in general dictate the treatment of different individuals.  Are the poor actually different than the affluent?  Does skin color truly make us different?  Are we not all children of God, loved equally by the Father?  God does not pick favorites, nor should we.  The attitude of treating everyone equally may be elementary, but even I can acknowledge that I struggle to enact this belief.
How do we rectify our thought process though?  Personally, I have come to challenge the preconceived notions I have about certain groups of individuals.  These ideas allow us to create this black and white view of the world, which needs to be confronted through stepping outside of our comfort zones.  Only through this will we truly begin to understand those who differ from ourselves.  Through service at the local homeless shelter, Siena Francis, I have personally challenged my own beliefs about the homeless.  These challenges have emphasized the importance of allowing all individuals the right of basic human dignity.

God did not create the hierarchical society we see today, we did.  Instead, he stressed equality and love for all.  To live out this idea, we need to question our partiality and learn to truly love our neighbors.

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