From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 11th , 2007
Senior, Spanish Major, Pre-Physical Therapy Track
Today’s readings presented somewhat of a challenge for me. They are not some of the common readings that I know well from my 15 years of Catholic education or even ones that I am somewhat acquainted with. But, that is the purpose of reflection: to challenge one’s self to think in newer and deeper ways. That is just what these readings invoked me to do.
In each of the readings a common theme of resurrection is apparent. In the first reading we are told of an overwhelming hope for a better future during hard times and assured that “the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever.” The responsorial psalm was very simple and yet very real reminding us that we can always call upon the Lord and he will listen. “Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.” In the second reading, I was struck by the verses reading, “may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.” For me, this passage perfectly embodies that which is resurrection: the idea of resurrection as having hope. Resurrection is a hope that is given to us by God, our Father. The Gospel also expands on the idea of resurrection in the story of the seven brothers.
Recently, I participated in a Fall Break Service Trip here in Omaha,
Nebraska. For four days and three nights I, and six other college
students, immersed ourselves into the life of a homeless individual.
We ate and slept in the shelters, spending time talking with the
homeless and getting to know them as individuals. A large part of
homelessness is addictions. With this being the case, we attended
several recovery meetings and support groups through which I learned
innumerable things. One thing that really touched me about this
was the addicts' reading of the Serenity Prayer at every meeting
Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook