From a Creighton Student's Perspective
July 22, 2012
Sophomore, Theology Major
and peace to those who were near,
for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father." - Ephesians 2:17-18
In looking at today’s scripture readings, we are called to feel a sense of peace in the fact that we are not alone and that although there may be times in all of our lives when we feel differently, human beings are never truly separated from each other. The reason for this is that we are bound together as human beings by something so much more than our race, language, religion, or genetic makeup; we are each intrinsically linked to one another through God. It is through this connection binding all of humanity together that we find love, community, relationships, peace, and joy to be possible.
In the Gospel reading we see Jesus moved with pity when he sees the vast crowd of people following him hoping for answers, “for they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Sometimes it is easy to feel alone in our lives, to feel as though no one else understands us nor wants to be with us. Furthermore, our human restlessness drives us onward, forever searching for meaning and understanding. We can all sympathize in some way with the crowd of people following Jesus in the Gospel. Perhaps they did not know why Jesus’ words affected them so deeply, but nevertheless, they followed him because something of what he said struck a cord within them that made them consistently want to come back to him. His words were powerful and enticing because they called them to love one another actively and fully. His words called them to radically leave behind a lifestyle of materialism, violence, and greed, and instead simply focus on love and peace. His words are still just as striking for us today, which is perhaps why we keep coming back to the Bible in our search for answers.
Jesus’ words calling us towards God in our lives, attempting to bring us closer to one Spirit in the Father, are words we all can connect with. Jesus helps us understand that we can put our faith in something that will not fail us, will not lead us astray. We as human beings are all brought together by God (our shepherd) who will never be unsuccessful in finding us, no matter how far we may wander in our lives, for “the Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” We truly are blessed.
“I myself will gather the remnant of my flock
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