Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
December 6th, 2012
Graduate of Justice and Socity Major, Enviromental Public Policy and Spanish Minors
Maybe the people on the other side look different, or maybe they speak a different language, eat different food, wear different clothes, or listen to different music. These do not prevent us from loving our family member who does not like the same food or a friend who has different tastes in music. What then prevents us from loving and welcoming presence of the people across a border?
We are currently preparing our hearts and homes for the coming of Jesus into our lives. We are trying to make our hearts malleable and open to the love of Jesus that we will be celebrating in several weeks. We are trying to clear our hearts of obstructions or walls that will inhibit Jesus’ coming. In working to welcome Jesus are we not welcoming someone who lived a life different than our own? Jesus did not listen to Bruce Springsteen, wear sweatpants made in China or Lesotho, go to college, enjoy eating pasta, or have white skin. However, none of these limit my wanting and desire to reach out to him and be moved by him. Therefore I too should not have barriers in my heart to people from different nations. In fact, it is our Christian responsibility to treat others as if they were Christ. When we think of ourselves above another person, race, ethnicity, faith, or nationality we will be “humbled by God.” However, when we have disintegrated the walls of hearts, as we do for Jesus during Advent, for people who are different, the poor, and the foreign, Jesus will open wide the gates on the border of heaven.
Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook