Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 15, 2011

Megan Lightfoot

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Acts 2:14, 36-41
Ps 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
1 Pt 2:20-25
Jn 10:1-10

Jesus says in the Gospel reading, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Being at Creighton has made me notice how so many students are filled with liveliness. This is true especially at the beginning of a new semester, but often towards the end of the semester students are tired and stressed about finals. It is important that we, as people of God, remember that God wants us to have life in its fullness. We can fully live life by following in the footsteps of Jesus to allow God’s will to be done.

The image of the shepherd suggests that Jesus is leading us on our journey and is close to us, just as sheep are to their shepherd. Jesus assures us that he will not lead us astray, and we should trust him. Jesus will call us by name, and we will be comforted by this familiar voice. The contrasting image is of the thief, who comes to steal and slaughter and destroys. This makes me think of what the “thieves” are in my life. What is taking me away from Jesus, my Shepherd? One thing I think of is excessive worry. I always worry about my grades, appearance, being sure of my career plans, and other things going on in my life. Worrying this much can drain the life out of me at times, which is not what God wants for me. I need to spend less time worrying about these things and think about what will bring me closer to God and keep me in Jesus’ flock. Each of us has different “thieves” that take us away from Jesus. It is important that we spend time reflecting on the things in our lives that take us away from living the full life that God wants us to have. I pray to the Lord for the light and wisdom to recognize the attitudes that may be taking real life away from me. I also pray for the grace to address these things in my life and to find freedom from them.

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