From a Creighton Student's Perspective
April 23, 2012
Sophomore, Economics and Marketing Double Major
“Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes. . . .The way of truth I have chosen; I have set your ordinances before me.”
How incredible it would be to honestly make these claims. ‘Yes, Lord, you are the one guiding my life. Even when those with authority don’t like my actions, I never deviate from your way.’
Many of us, however, do deviate from the Way. We do let others’ thoughts, words, and impressions of us affect our actions. As much as we would like to withstand others’ opinions and to stay true to God in all things, we stray. In the end, no matter how hard we try, we are still human.
And yet, how much greater the love of God seems once we have acknowledged this. I may never go a day without sinning against the Lord in one way or another; I may blame him and be filled with hatred towards him when I experience a great loss, I may stop caring about my relationship with him for a time, or I may try my hardest every day of my life and still fail to follow the Way. Yet, he never leaves. He never gives up on me.
Instead, he acknowledges our human and sinful nature and offers his assistance. We can see this in our Gospel today, when Jesus speaks of “the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” Jesus offers to be with us in a very tangible way through the Eucharist; to help us in our day to day struggles and make us ever more like him.
God knows we aren’t perfect; that we are far from it. He loves us in our humanity, and gives us the Eucharist to help us as we strive to act with the love of God. Next time we have the chance to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, let us recognize how amazing this opportunity truly is, and truly stand in awe of the God who wants to be near to us.
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