From a Creighton Student's Perspective
October 28, 2011
Sophomore, Elementary Education Major
It is so incredible to me how often (constantly, in fact) the Old Testament of the Bible is fulfilled and carried out in the New Testament. In today’s readings, on the feast of Apostles Sts. Simon and Jude, we watch Jesus personally call his Apostles to follow him wherever he goes, whatever he is doing. In the first reading, we hear Paul telling the Ephesians that they are no longer sojourners, but instead have entered into a fellowship with the other members of the household of God. Paul says that this household of God was built upon the foundation of the Apostles, and then, BOOM- the Gospel is about Jesus hand-picking his Apostles. And then the Responsorial Psalm talks about sending a message across the earth. Few people are better examples of this kind of evangelizing than the Apostles!
One of my personal favorite ways to read Scripture is by putting myself into the role of one of the characters and then reading the passage as if I was there. Today’s readings are especially conducive to this kind of reading, because they can be read so applicably. In the Gospel, for example, I could take on the role of the Apostle Peter, and imagine Jesus calling me to follow him. What an incredible privilege! I could even put myself in Judas’ shoes and imagine knowing that I would be the one to betray Jesus, the Savior of the World. Taking on these roles enables me to look at my life in a different light. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Jesus only called the twelve Apostles to follow him. Imagining myself as Peter reminds me that Jesus TRULY IS calling me to follow him in every action of every day. Jesus truly is asking me, Melanie Stara, to spread his message “throughout all the earth.”
If we can remember that Jesus is personally calling us to evangelize the world, then it is easy to accept that as Paul told the Ephesians, “You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.” We are living and working in the community that is built upon the works of the Apostles. The work of the Apostles was built upon the foundation of Christ Jesus, the son of God.
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