Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 9, 2011
by

Laura Kent

Sophomore, Nursing Major

1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14
Ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 11
Lk 6:39-42

The Gospel passage today is a good reminder of how Jesus is calling us to not only care for those around us but to care for ourselves. As an older sister I like to make sure that my siblings are staying out of trouble and working hard at school and getting along with their teammates and classmates. As a nursing student I like to make sure that those who are sick are being cared for, comforted and loved. But in this Gospel passage Jesus reminds me that I need to make sure that I am also caring for myself. Many of us are always running around trying to help as many people as we can, which is a great thing and pleases God, but at the same time we need to make sure that we are loving and caring for ourselves. How can I care for those who are sick if I am not taking proper care of myself? How can I teach my younger siblings how to treat people with respect if I do not show them by example to treat myself and others with respect?

In this Gospel passage Jesus constantly comes back to the idea of being able to see clearly. This makes me think that we need to open our hearts to see clearly what Jesus is asking of us today. We need to remove the wooden beam from our eyes to allow us to look at ourselves through God's eyes. We need to see how we are treating ourselves, how we are being good Christian examples and how we can continue to strengthen our relationships with God. Let us challenge ourselves to, instead of asking what we can do for others today, look at ourselves, and ask God how he can help us improve on one aspect of our lives that may be causing us to be blind or see unclearly. The challenge I have for myself is to take the beams out of my eyes that cause me to see myself in a negative way. I am very hard on myself and I set unrealistic goals which causes me to sometimes get very angry with myself and God. I need to ask God for the strength to look at myself not through my eyes but through his eyes and understand that he has a plan and that I need to trust him. I cannot get upset when things do not go the way I planned.

My prayer today is for all of us, that we take the beams out of our own eyes so that we can see which aspects of our lives need focus and attention and that we may grow stronger in our relationships with God. I think once we can find peace with ourselves and God and live our lives the way God wants us to, then we can more fully help those around us like God is calling us to do.


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