Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 4, 2012

Mary Clare Lally

Sophomore, Theology and Business Double Major

Jer 26:11-16, 24
Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
Matt 14:1-12

"Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, 'It is not lawful for you to have her.' Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet."-Matthew 14:3-5

Herod was afraid. He feared Jesus's growing power with his increasing number of followers. It may very well have been out of fear that he ordered John's execution. Though ordering an execution out of fear may seem an irrational reaction, the emotion itself is natural.

One of the best questions to ask someone you would like to know better is his or her biggest fear. What one fears can reveal so much about a person, his personality, and his tendencies. What someone fears can reveal what makes him tick, what gets him up in the morning.

I personally have two great fears: intimacy and non-productiveness. I love to be busy. I love to reach the end of the day, exhausted but feeling as though I have accomplished a great deal. In a sense, my two greatest fears are related. I fear getting close to people because I do not want to get caught up in relationships, not realizing time is passing without productivity. I can go for days without thinking about the people with whom I am interacting because I am so much more concerned about the tasks I am accomplishing and the ends I am meeting.

One of my recent resolutions has been to invest more in my interpersonal relationships. From reading the Gospel today, I realize Herod was similar to myself in that his priorities were reversed: he was so fearful of another powerful figure that he was willing to take someone's life. As I worry about how many hours I am working per week, the grades I am getting, I realize these variables are simply not as important as relationships. At the end of the day, relationships are what really matter.

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