Daily Reflection
From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 19th, 2007

Kelly Orbik

2nd year graduate student (Masters in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution)
BA ’06 Spanish and Justice and Society

1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
Lk 18:35-43

“What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Lk 18:35-43

In reflecting on the reading from Maccabees, the world today might not be very different. We still have the social pressure to conform and to achieve success as defined by others. With constant bombardment, it is hard to resist sinking back into the rush of every day, going with the flow and therefore dodging opportunities to live out authentic faith as in the first reading.

What parts of ourselves are most tempting to hide? When is it tempting to stay silent? These are some of the questions today’s readings spurred for me. Each week, we leave Mass with the invitation to “go in peace to love and serve God and one another.” This is a lot harder to live out than it seems as I walk out the church doors.

Our world seems very complex, the needs so overwhelming. Our small steps are only ripples in the pond. Without a sense of clarity, it can be difficult to act. Yet, this waiting cannot be indefinite. The common excuses of being too busy or uninformed cannot paralyze me from trying to do more.

I am motivated to action by Dr. Martin Luther King’s words “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” We have so many amazing mentors in our world today, living examples of holiness and love for each other. These companions show us the way. The righteous in the first reading knew and kept the covenant, even though it cost them their lives. In what ways am I prepared to sacrifice more for what I believe? How do I discern what is commanded?

A ray of hope is offered through the Gospel reading, showing us the power of faith and calling to God. The blind man, marginalized from society, called out to Jesus in his time of need. Because he was bold enough to ask and because of his faith he was healed. This powerful testament motivates my prayer and my faith. With all the turmoil in our world, it is comforting to know that I can call out to God. Each Mass I ask for the strength and inspiration to be eucharist to others, to nourish and reach out to those in need. Because we have been given life, we must follow the command to serve God and one another.

“Lord, please let me see” will be my mantra for this week, to see God tinkering and calling to me in the world.

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