From a Creighton Student's Perspective
August 6, 2012
Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Dental
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine.
-- "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me
What will you do when you see Jesus; when you come face to face with our Savior whose power and grace are things we can’t even comprehend? When Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured on the mountain, when they saw him dazzling white, they were terrified. They didn’t know what to say, what to do. Wouldn’t we be like these men? They were in awe, in holy fear, in wonder. Yet in this holy fear there was light in Jesus. Jesus is our light. In our darkness, our despair, we can turn to our Savior for help and mercy. Often during the most challenging times of our lives we sulk in the darkness. We pity ourselves and try to find artificial means of light. Why use Jesus as our light when we can light a candle or turn on a light bulb? Yet these things are finite – candles melt down, light bulbs die, but the light of Jesus Christ never ends. Even when we are in fear, whether it be holy fear or fear of the unknown, we should focus on Jesus’ saving light.
From the cloud came a voice,"this is my beloved Son. Listen to him”. -Mark 2:7
My grandmother used to say, “I know you can hear me, but are you listening?” Sometimes it’s so easy just to hear the Word of Christ. It’s easy to read about Jesus and hear our priest talking about his works in church, but do we really listen? That’s why I love how simple God’s command is. He could have gone on and on about what humans need to do and how we should live our lives, but his command was 3 short words – listen to him. And God didn’t say ‘hear'; he said ‘listen’. Hearing is only taking in the words of Christ; listening is reflecting on these words and putting them into action in our own lives. We have seen Jesus’ love for us, we have witnessed his miracles, we have learned from his teachings but none of this matters if we don’t listen to him. Today we are called to find Jesus’s light even in our darkness and despair, we are called to listen to Jesus’s teachings and we are called to incorporate Jesus into our everyday lives.
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