Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 27, 2011
by

Rob Placek

Senior, International Relations and Business Major

1 Jn 1:1-4
Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Jn 20:1a and 2-8

“Beloved:  What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life?” – 1 John 1:1

We learn that the Lord is the Word from St. John the Evangelist in the reading on his feast day.  St. John is the patron of the parish on campus and we should take to heart what he meant in the opening of his book.  What words have we heard, what readings and acts of God have we seen, what have we done in the name of the Lord?  These are all rhetorical questions, but they are also reflective.  As people of the Living God, we are supposed to live the Gospel, the Word of the Lord. 

I admit that sometimes I zone out during the readings at Mass, but that has become less and less the case.  Once I find a point made in the reading or a strong point in the homily, I freeze in that moment and take that point in reflection.  How does this affect me?  What can I do to rectify myself with the teachings of the Lord?  Usually it does not require going out and doing additional work, but being open to the will of God to work through each and every one of us.  It takes a conversion of heart to realize what we are called to do in life.  Each of us should strive in all ways to live the word of the Lord through our vocation.

Now, what is our vocation?  Heavy question.  It could be our current job.  Mine is as a student.  But we can all add and change that.  I act as a student leader to help those around me.  Others may tutor.  Others still may put considerable time in volunteering.  It is all about answering God’s call.  Now, I cannot close a Catholic reflection without a prayer for discernment, but let it always be a prayer for those deciding how they may serve the Church and her people.

What have we looked upon and touched with our hands that concerns the Word of life?  Let us look to our family, our friends, our coworkers as a disciple would have.  Would we believe as the disciples and Mary Magdalene did in the Gospel today?  We believe in the Gospel.  We believe in the glory of the risen Lord.  Let’s believe in each other.  After all, we are the modern disciples.


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