Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 30, 2011
by

Christine Prissel

Sophomore, Environmental Science Major

Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
Ps 131:1, 2, 3
1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13
Mt 23:1-12

"For they preach but they do not practice."-Matthew 23:3

I believe this verse summarizes the message in today’s readings. It is ironic that I should be the one assigned to write this reflection because I find myself at fault for this constantly.

Most who have grown up within a Christian family or surrounded by Christian mentors know the Ten Commandments: what to do and what not to do. Even the widely-used Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would want done unto yourself," stems from Jesus' commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself." If we all know these ‘rules,’ then why is it such a strenuous task to live out these rules in our daily lives?

The religious scholars and Pharisees in today’s readings are competent teachers in God's Law. For the most part, we won't go wrong in following their teachings. Yet, we are told to be careful about mirroring their actions. Although the Pharisees and religious scholars can talk a good line, they don't live out their words. They do not absorb the teachings of Moses into their hearts and reflect it through their behavior. Morosely, the Pharisees and religious scholars are not the only ones to fall short of reflecting God’s love to others. I know this because I am one who has fallen short.

Too often we put ourselves, or get put by others, onto a pedestal like the Pharisees because we can talk a good talk. We then can forget that we all have our shortcomings.  Or at least we want to forget, so we don’t have to acknowledge to others we are not as good of a teacher as we come across to be. We must remember we all have a single Teacher, and we ALL are the classmates, continually learning and making mistakes.

"The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted
." -Matthew 23:11-12

We all want to stand out; to know that we are different. But let us all step down from our pedestal and learn to become a servant. God is constantly asking us, "What is more important, your pride or your relationship with me?" If we are willing to put our pride aside, our hearts will finally be filled with God’s grace and love. Only then can that love be reflected out onto others by our behavior.

Today, I pray that God may use us to be an image of his love and grace for others. That God may shine through us, not in our words, but in our deeds every day.
In Your Name,
Amen.



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