From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 5, 2011
Sophomore, Biology Major
and let your faithful ones bless you.” – Psalm 145: 10
The words in today’s responsorial psalm are poetic, beautiful, eloquent, and wise; they sound like an address to a mighty king. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is easy to let God slip to the backburner of our minds. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own life that my prayers do not bear much resemblance to the words of praise in the psalm. In fact, they can actually be very self-centered and desperate: Dear God, “please help me do well on my chemistry test,” or “please show me where I lost my phone last night” or “please let me nail my interview."
The psalm reminds me to slow down and appreciate God’s might and majesty. We need to stop and look at the big picture, realizing how many blessings that God has bestowed upon us, realizing that we owe everything we have to him.
The first reading and the Gospel reading stem from this theme that God is worthy of all our praise. In middle school, I opened the mailbox one day and found an invitation to a friend’s birthday party. Written inside was a note from the birthday girl that asked for donations to our church’s Mustard Seed program in lieu of gifts. Her selfless act perfectly exemplifies the message that today’s readings offer: to prioritize the different aspects of our lives so that everything we do works for the greater glory of God. Maybe online shopping is not as important as volunteering an hour of time to a community service organization. Maybe studying for that English test can be paused to go on a retreat. Maybe a spring break service trip trumps a week on the beach in Cancun. We should make a conscious effort to direct all our actions towards the Lord and set aside time simply to offer up a prayer of thanks and praise.
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