Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 5, 2011

Kevin Ryan

Freshman, History Major, Biology Minor, Pre-Med

Acts 5:27-33
Ps 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
Jn 3:31-36

As a college student, I have come to understand that sin is prevalent even in the Catholic institution I attend.  Alcohol and illegal substances are often evident.  Sexual promiscuity is very common with many of my peers.  I am doing my best to live a moral life in an environment that, unfortunately, does not nurture it very well.  I have found that instead of recognizing and speaking out against such sinful behavior, I have begun to just passively accept it from others because of its predominance and the futility of trying to stop it while also still trying to keep myself away from it.

Sometimes I feel very alone in the fight to keep myself out of such behavior, especially when I am surrounded by it. I believe today’s first reading, however, is meant to provide Christians in a similar struggle with hope and courage.  This first reading from Acts reminds me that God is on our side in the fight against sin and he helps in our efforts.  In the reading, Peter and the other Apostles stand before the Sanhedrin and are challenged about why they are still preaching after being ordered not to.  Peter truly exemplifies the courage given to him by God with his response and almost total defiance of the high priest.  Peter realizes that God is infinitely greater than anything the Sanhedrin can do to him and the Apostles, and he knows he is right in what he is doing.  God knows their struggles and is there to guide them and help.  This is the same for us.  

In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks about how God is above all earthly things and whoever believes in him and lives with virtue will be rewarded with eternal life.  We as Christians need to remember to have faith in the Lord and not in things of this world.  Let us not become discouraged by sin and its adversity.  Take courage: even if it seems we have lost everything in our fight against sin, God is on our side and he will reward us for our efforts in the end.

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