Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
January 3rd, 2013
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Today’s gospel has three main messages: surprise, hope, and a call to live every ordinary day for the love of Christ.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, well yes. Sometimes He does, but look, Christmas Day has passed; New Year’s Eve has ended; we have most likely jumped off of the “fiscal cliff.” For some of us, school will begin again soon. Nearly four months lie between us and the Easter holiday. The ball has dropped; the glitter has been scattered; and the Christmas trees have started to die. When is God going to reveal himself to me? Where am I going to find hope in my daily life?
1: Surprise! This is our challenge: to let go and let God.
When Christ did come, He came to John in his everyday life.
John was not doing anything truly spectacular with his life. Literally, he was only splashing water on people. He even told people that the things he was doing were not important in and of themselves. He said, “A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me. I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” We don’t have to do anything spectacular. Mother Teresa said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” God needs you to be the most authentic version of yourself possible, and being the most authentic, real version of yourself isn’t easy. In, The Velveteen Rabbit, the Skin Horse describes the process poignantly.
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Let God surprise you. While you wait for him to surprise you, be hopeful. He will come to you when you live your ordinary life authentically for Christ by allowing yourself to be tattered in the love of others.
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