From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 15, 2011
Senior, Theology Major, Pre-Med
As I read the first reading for today, I asked myself, “What is the best way to motivate someone into action? Do we respond more to commands and challenges that serve as a test to prove our worthiness, or are we more motivated when someone first recognizes our value and compels us to further showcase our talents?” In my own life, I have found the second approach to be far superior. When someone acknowledges my gifts, I feel as though I can do anything if I set my mind to it. This motivating approach is what St. Paul uses in today’s first reading in order to compel us to live and grow in our faith. I love how he emphasizes the fact that we have received a great treasure in Jesus’ teachings when he says, “Do not neglect the gift you have” (1 Timothy 4:14). Paul recognizes that we are blessed to have Jesus in our lives, and he tries to show us that this sense of grace should motivate us to learn more about him and direct our lives toward following his example.
However, even after realizing the important grace we have of Jesus’ entering into our lives, I still found Paul’s request for us to completely dedicate ourselves to our faith to be a daunting task. Each day I find myself struggling with being able to serve God through my daily actions and overcoming prideful temptations. I sometimes feel as though this challenge is too difficult for me to complete. But the Gospel reminds us that we do not have to walk our journey of faith alone. As Jesus tells John from the cross that Mary is to be his mother, he is proclaiming to all of us that Mary is our mother in faith. As our mother, Mary is continually praying for us as we strive to grow closer to Christ. In addition, she provides for us the perfect example of living a life as God’s servant. Therefore, let us take some time today to reflect on how truly blessed we are to have Mary to help guide us in our lives of faith and to remember that we can continually ask for her intercession when we find ourselves struggling to follow Christ.
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