Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 24, 2011

Katie Kastl

Junior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major

Jer 17:5-10
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Lk 16:19-31

“Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in the flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD.” -Jeremiah 17:5

Today’s readings are all focused on trusting in the Lord, and not putting earthly, material goods in his place. This is something our world struggles with.  I was recently in the mall and I happened to walk by the Apple store on the day that the iPad 2 was to be released. The line was stretched all the way down the hallway. People were camped out with chairs, laptops, and extension cords to keep all of their gadgets charged. It was a sight to see, but what does this say about the world we live in? We line up and wait for concert tickets, football games, and a good seat on the airplane. Yet, when was the last time we got up early and rushed to get to church? When was the last time we lined up for the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Have we every rushed to the altar to receive Christ’s body and blood?

It seems more and more we are putting our trust in the flesh, and not in the Lord. Jesus told us what our reward will be for this behavior. We shall be tormented, with not even a drop of water to cool our tongues, for we have received our reward in this life. In this season of Lent, we have the opportunity to really look at the life we are leading. Are we living in this world? Are we forgoing fasting because our world tells us to eat what we want when we want? Or are we putting our trust in the Lord? Maybe we should be listening to Moses and the prophets rather than our world. Then, we will be convinced when Jesus rises from the dead, and we will share in his resurrection.

Happy Lent.

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