From a Creighton Student's Perspective
Junior, Biochemistry (Pre-Med)
Community. Hmm, what is that? It seems like a pretty
simple concept, but community was something that I never really
quite understood until coming to Creighton. What was the big deal
about it? I had always made it a point to be independent, to do
the best I could and not really to bother much with what others
around me were doing. Seemed to work well. Over the past few years
though, that has changed more than I could imagine. If there was
one thing I love about Creighton, it is the community.
Paul, in today’s first reading, hits at the very heart of
this. We hear about the community that exists between all of us,
united through Jesus. We find that we are all united in the quest
to live a life that serves His will. But the really interesting
part comes at the very end, where we hear “in him you are
also being built together into a dwelling place of God” (22).
The idea is that God does not just have a plan for my life, or your
life, but all of our lives, and that He is working to build us together
into something greater than we could achieve alone. It is more than
just relying on others or helping others in times of need, but really
seeing each and every person around as truly as a “brother
and sister of Christ” and being as concerned with their salvation
as our own.
The wonderful thing is that there is even an added twist to this
community that only everlasting life could provide: we share this
community not only with those people living here with us, but we
are also “fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of
the household of God!” (19) The angels, saints, and all those
in heaven are with us in this quest to build each other up to God.
We are already part of this loving community, the only question
that remains for us is how much more will we help it to grow and
come to fruition here?
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