Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 17, 2011
by

Rachel Marlow

Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Med

1 Mc 2:15-29
Ps 50: 1b-2, 5-6, 14-15
Lk 19:41-44

"Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
Then call upon me in time of distress;
I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me."
-Psalms 50:14-15

Sacrifices are tough.  It’s not easy to give up something we want.  Many times we just want to take the easy way and go along with what everyone else is doing, but that isn’t what God wants from us.  God expects more from us, and we should expect more from ourselves.  It would’ve been easy for Mattathias to just make the sacrifice to the king to keep the peace, but sometimes a little disruption is what this world needs to realize that society’s ways are not always right.  Mattathias knew as a leader he needed to stop his people from committing this grave sin, and he did so with all his might.  I wish I had that kind of courage to speak up and say what needs to be said to change someone’s mind.  Sometimes, I find myself just going along with the group, not willing to create the confrontation that would result from me presenting a conflicting view.  Sometimes, I need to create a little tension and discomfort for people to see the reality of a situation.

Jesus knew that sacrifice is hard, and he had to give the biggest sacrifice of all: his own life.  He knew it was so hard that the minute he was faced with where he would be sacrificed, he wept.  He gave of himself so that we might be with God, and did so out of great love.  He knew the structures in place that kept the peace would ultimately be the cause of his death and the suffering that would come to his disciples.  He made a sacrifice, and now we need to make sacrifices for him.

It’s hard for me to make sacrifices.  As a college student, I’m always running five different directions with millions of things on my 'to do' list.  Taking time to just be still and pray does not happen as often as it should, and we all need that time to reflect on our actions and listen and speak to God.  Not taking that time on a daily basis creates a disconnect within me, and it can be awkward trying to remember why I like the peace and quiet and to remember what my true purpose is.  Even taking the time to write this reflection was difficult.  I kept putting it off and putting it off, and as I’m writing this, I realize how long it has been since I was able to just be still and think about something other than school and all the activities that come along with that.  I need to make sacrifices for God, and sometimes that just means taking ten minutes out of my day to go sit in church and pray.  It’s so simple, yet so difficult sometimes, but I know the more time I spend with God, the deeper our relationship becomes.  The deeper our relationship becomes, the more I feel confident that he will always be there to help me though the roughest times of my life.  He will always be there, but the better we know him, the easier it is to recognize him.



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