From a Creighton Student's Perspective
February 20th, 2008
2nd year graduate student (Masters in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution)
BA ’06 Spanish and Justice and Society
But it shall not be so among you.
While reading today’s gospel, the contemplation of the two standards comes to mind from the spiritual exercises. As I understand the meditation, we have a choice to step closer to or further away from Christ each day, in each decision. On one side, there is a banner, calling us towards titles, esteem, self interest and worldly success; on the other Jesus calls us toward God and toward one another. The call to be a servant to one another is one aspect of choosing to live as a Christian. We are called to live lives of humble service to one another.
It is hard for me to be conscious of this invitation each day. Life moves so fast, it is not until looking back at my day am I able to see in which direction I have stepped. Through reflection I am able to identify my inner workings- my desires and motivations.
One source of constant inspiration is looking at the service of various Creighton alums and other living examples of holiness in our time. I am amazed with the humility and courage of volunteers who have worked in orphanages, caring for children with various impairments. Changing diapers and cleaning up after children for 2 years in Nicaragua is not what most people come to Creighton aspiring to. Yet these are the examples which come to mind when I read today’s gospel. Jesuit Refugee Services and many other Jesuit ministries gravitate toward the communities of those most in need in our world. The US Jesuit Assistancy, in the “Meditation on Our Response to the Call of Christ” identify a few groups in particular that they feel called to work with: inner city populations, indigenous communities, migrants and refugees.
In my prayer and in my actions I struggle with how to best use my gifts and how to serve the world, but with the measure of success put forth in this gospel, I know that choosing a life of service is an important first step.
This quote from Bono’s speech at a national prayer breakfast is very inspirational to me.
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