Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 30, 2012
by

Joe Chen

1st Year Medical Student

1 Pt 1:18-25
Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Mk 10:32-45

One of the toughest lessons that we learn throughout life is that failures sting. We are taught from today’s society that our value is determined by our accomplishments, our wealth and our contributions to our community. Movie stars, CEOs, and wealthy businessmen are glorified, and their massive egos are fueled by those who worship and idolize them. But in Mark, Jesus talks about one important message: humility.
           
It is difficult to find humility, and even more rare to demonstrate it from within. We are prideful and want to take glory in what we do because, let’s face it, we all want credit for our accomplishments. Yet as the disciples argued over who should ultimately sit at Christ’s left or right side, Jesus reminds his disciples that glory is not measured in how great we are, but how little we are. He best brings his point across when he says that those who are great, i.e. the leaders and the “show-offs”, are actually the least in society, and that those who live for others are the ones who bring glory to God.

Today, challenge yourself and demonstrate humility to those around you, even if they are your employees, students, and enemies. When we humble ourselves, we allow God’s love to permeate through us onto others who need him. It is then that we understand how God’s glory comes not from the strong, but the meek and humble. God bless your day.

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