Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 2, 2011

Laura Kyriss

Freshman, Nursing Major

Hos 6:1-6
Ps 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab
Lk 18:9-14

“Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.” -Luke 18:10

Hello readers!  I hope it has been a great April for all of you so far!  I really enjoyed the readings for today, and I hope you did as well.  Today’s Gospel is one that I really think is good for me to hear, and I think its message is one that is a good reminder for me.  This parable shows us that we need to be humble, and if we do so, God will reward us.  Even though one of the men was a tax collector, which was a quite low profession socially, he knew he didn’t need to try to make himself seem more than what he was.  I think if we remind ourselves that we are no better than the man standing next to us, it will help us all to be more humble. 

This is a tall order in the world we live in today, because everyone feels the need to one-up the next person.  However, we all are the same on the inside; we are all sinners, and if we accept this humbly and ask for God’s forgiveness, we will be exalted, just as Luke says in today’s Gospel.  However, if we are like the Pharisee, and try to make ourselves more important or special than others, we will be humbled.  I thought this reading was very relevant to our lives in this day and age, and I hope that we can all take it to heart.

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